Taira Foo Dance Co is a story-based company founded by choreographer Taira Foo, bringing the narrative ballet art-form into the 21st century.
Taira is known for her rapid-fire, high-energy choreography, delivering powerful emotional performances. Her recent work is reviewed as "Gripping", "Intensely moving", "One million miles an hour stuff", "Imaginative and brilliant to watch".
Her work draws on strong contemporary and street-dance influences to create her own trademark style. Credits include ‘Prisoner 466 funded by The Arts Council and shown at ‘The House Of Lords’, short film 'Carly's exit' which premiered at The San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the New York ‘Dance for camera’ Festival. Snow Patrol’s ‘Don’t Give in’ 2018 with other performances in and around the UK.
GUEST TEACHER AT
Pineapple Dance Studios
The Creation Box
University Of Cumbria
The Creative Academy
Bucks New University
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
Platinum Academy Arts
Taira worked as a professional dancer for over 20 years, credits include original cast of ‘We Will Rock You’, The Royal variety Show, Queens Jubilee, Party in the park, working with artists such as Snow Patrol, Brian May, Roger Taylor , Vinnie Jones, Phil Collins, Will Young, Ben Elton & Arlene Philips. She now works as a choreographer and movement director
In 2011 Taira founded Taira Foo Dance Co. The company have created four critically praised half-hour showcase works - all playing as part of The Place Resolution! festival. The first entitled “The Soloist". The second was an adaptation of the Academy Award winning “Rain Man". The third ‘Flowers in December’, a piece inspired by the Refugees of Syria & the fourth 'S I C K', both written & created by Taira.
Two of the chosen narratives had successful film versions, demonstrating Taira’s ambition and ability to create contemporary narrative dance works that captivate modern audiences.
As well as numerous shorter pieces, Taira has also choreographed a short dance film which premiered in the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Dance on Camera festival in New York.
Industry reviews have described her work as "explosive", "gripping" & "intensely moving".
Taira has also choreographed numerous pantomimes in and around the UK as well as music video’s
& theatre productions.
Under a Non-Disclosure Agreement, earlier this year, Taira choreographed a piece for a leading pop star - Filmed at the Natural History Museum, awaiting release.
Taira Foo Dance Co, with support from the Arts Council England, brought together professional dancers, musicians and theatre practitioners together with new talent from the OC London community in Kings Cross, to create Prisoner 466 (www.prisoner466.com), a new contemporary dance work about Mandela's 27 year imprisonment and the international anti-apartheid campaign his imprisonment inspired.
TF Dance Co have most recently appeared in Snow Patrol’s latest release ‘Don’t Give in’. https://youtu.be/JUaVhMjlPZg
Taira is currently working on the 3rd phase of R & D for her new work ' S I C K' which follows one man's journey through depression. With support from the Arts council, she is working towards touring the work in and
around the UK.
In 2017 Taira wrote and published a motivational & resource book for dancers called 'Pocket Guide for Dancers'.