Born in New Caledonia, Samantha grew up near Paris and started ballet at the age of 6. A year later she was introduced to Rythmic Gymnastics and competed in that discipline for 11 years, while still dancing in parallel. Fascinated by the world of performing arts, she then trained in jazz, funk and acting. After working in Tunisia and French Polynesia, she moved to Canada at the age of 21, where she fell in love with contemporary dance. She has now recently settled in London and is happy to be part of the Ovsyannikovadance company.
Born in the UK, Sarah then moved to Germany to begin School. After a few years returned to England where she began dancing. The passion for dance grew and later went on to complete a Diploma in musical theatre. Following a successful audition she began further dance study at the Northern School of Contemporary dance, Leeds. During this time she danced in works by choreographers such as Merville Jones, Henrietta Hale, Helen Ganberg and Andile Sotiya. She also spent time at Impulztanz, Vienna. Here she learned various contemporary dance techniques from inspirational teachers like Risa Stenberg, Ori Flomin and Anastasia Stoyannides. Alongside the dancing Sarah has also enjoyed working as a television extra for the BBC.
Rosie grew up in Derbyshire, UK where she started dancing with InCompany Youth Dance at Derby Dance Centre performing at National Youth Dance Platforms. At 18 Rosie went on to train at LIPA for three years studying a BA Honours in Dance and Performing Arts. During her training she has performed with small Contemporary dance projects, films and art installations. Rosie worked with Phoenix Dance Company, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Tommy Small and Petit Klein, Litza Bixler, Lavelle Smith Jr, Steve Nestar, and Jaqui Jones from Ballet Rambert. Since graduating Rosie has toured nationally with John Bishop, worked in Bollywood films in India and trained in Israel for 5 months with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company where she also learnt repertoire with The Cullberg Ballet as well as KCDC’s ‘Ade Memoire’.
Born and raised in Sweden, Anna Engerström hails from the Performing Arts School, Gothenburg. Trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap, Engerström fuses different cultural sources to express dance of modern times. Anna cites painters, filmmakers and writers as major sources of influence complementing her pass training as a cellist and a painter. After performing a few months in Paris, Anna is now glad to be back in London undertaking new and exciting projects such as ...love is in us... with OvsyannikovaDance.
Born and bred in Rome, Italy. Trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz and street dance. At the age of 19 she left Italy to move to Northampton to carry out her dance degree at the University of Northampton. By joining the undergraduate Playgrounds Dance Company at University as a member for leading/devising improvisation workshops, she participated in many dance projects such as Stephanie Schober's 'Counting Piece', Rosie Kay's 'Frontline Body', Fleur Darkin's 'Disgo Project'. After completing her dance degree and graduating in July 2011, Giorgia moved to London and worked with Piece by Piece dance company and Xtra Versions Dance Company in some of their projects. She is now very glad to dance for Ovsyannikova Dance.