Hinged is a story-based company founded by choreographer Taira Foo to bring 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
She worked as a professional dancer for over 10 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 is now a choreographer, teacher & most recently an author of new book ‘Pocket Guide for Dancers’. Please click here for more information on the book.
In 2011 Taira founded HINGED Dance Co, the company have created three critically praised half-hour showcase works recently - both 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’ written by Taira, a piece inspired by the Refugee’s of Syria.
The chosen narratives, both of which had successful film versions, demonstrated 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.
Taira's Hinged 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 , a new contemporary dance work about Mandela's 27 year imprisonment and the international anti-apartheid campaign his imprisonment inspired.
HINGED have most recently appeared in Snow Patrol’s latest release ‘Don’t Give in’.