About us

Gavin Rees

Artistic Director and Choreographer

Gavin underwent his professional training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, earning his degree in 1999. Originally trained in music as a classical singer, Gavin discovered his passion for dance while pursuing a BTEC in Performing Arts at Gorseinon College in South Wales.
Since then, Gavin has experienced an extensive career as a professional dancer, performer, and rehearsal director across the UK and Europe. He has collaborated and performed with numerous ballet, contemporary, and physical theatre companies, including The European Ballet, Maxine Doyle’s First Person Dance Company (now Punchdrunk) in London, DaThe Dance Company in Belgium, and Welsh Independent Dance in Cardiff, working closely with acclaimed choreographers like Javier de Frutos, Darshan Singh-Bhuller, and Sean Tuan John. As a founder member of the Jasmin Vardimon Company, Gavin contributed to and performed in Jasmin Vardimon’s works for three years.

In recent years, Gavin has transitioned into freelance work as a guest teacher and choreographer. In 2014, he took on the role of Course Leader for the Higher Education and BTEC level 3 Dance courses at Calderdale College, Halifax. Gavin also provides support to fellow artists and dancers during their creative Research and Development process.
Drawing from his training and experience in various dance, voice, and performance disciplines, Gavin’s artistic work embodies a fusion of physical theatre, contemporary techniques, and elements of other performance art forms like voice and speech.

In 2015, Gavin founded Rees Dance and assumed the role of Artistic Director, collaborating with both experienced and emerging postgraduate dancers based in the North of England. Recently recognised by the Northern Consortium of Rural Touring Schemes, Gavin was selected as the sole Dance sector artist for their HANDS program, aimed at developing performances tailored for touring to rural traditional venues and community halls. Gavin faces unique challenges as a choreographer with a Disability. Diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and severe Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) in 2017 after years of unexplained health issues, Gavin’s conditions have significant physical and rheumatological effects on his nervous and cardiac system. Despite ongoing medical care and symptom management through medication, with support, Gavin is determined to lead Rees Dance Company into its next phase of development.

Caroline Rees

Company & Project Co-Ordinator, and Rehearsal Director

Caroline underwent her professional training at both the Royal Ballet and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, earning her degree in 1998. Throughout her career as a performer, she explored various genres including contemporary, ballet, jazz dance, and physical theatre, collaborating and performing for esteemed British and European companies and choreographers.

In 2015, Caroline became a co-founder of physical theatre company ‘Rees Dance Company’, where she took on roles as a performer, outreach coordinator, and postgraduate mentor. She retired from dance performance in 2019.

Since 2019, Caroline has been sharing her expertise in dance and movement across the UK. Notably, she spent six years as a lecturer and Programme Leader at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Centre of Advanced Training (CAT) in
Leeds. She holds a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield. Presently, Caroline is engaged at The Mill School of performance, University Centre Leeds, where she develops and delivers lectures on dance for the acting degree programme.

Additionally, she plays a pivotal role in developing their Higher Education (HE) Performing Arts course, enriching the curriculum with her vast experience and insights.
Caroline’s research focus revolves around the emergence of technical dance with other performance styles, exploring the integration of moving images and the creation of pieces tailored for unconventional performance spaces. She remains
committed to honing her performance skills, most recently enriching her repertoire through an acting course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.


Rees Dance has been very fortunate to work with some incredible artists.

Wayne Sables is the creative director of an award winning film and digital company Wayne Sables Project – Filmmaking and Digital Services

We are passionate about creating work that challenges the norm and pushes creative boundaries beyond the obvious. We love being challenged and we especially love working with people, businesses and education centres looking to integrate digital in to their work.

Wayne has been working collaboratively with Rees Dance for many years. His eye for film and experience in dance has helped create some incredible pieces of work and film.


Rees Dance has been auditioning recently and the new company members will be added here shortly.