Dance UK Mentor - Alistair Spalding

May 2015

I'm very excited to announce that Alistair Spalding, CBE, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler's Wells will be my mentor as part of the the Dance UK 2014/5 mentoring programme.

Here is a little info about him and the great work he has done:

Under Spalding, Sadler's Wells has become the UK's leading dance house, presenting an ambitious programme of cutting-edge dance in all its forms and hosting world-class national and international companies and artists, such as The Forsythe Company, Pina Bausch Tanztheatre Wuppertal, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Wayne McGregor I Random Dance. The theatre welcomes audiences of over 500,000 across its three London venues and attracts touring audiences of over 100,000 each year.

In 2005, he announced his vision for Sadler's Wells to become a producing house. He has since driven the commissioning, producing and co-producing of more than 90 shows, including acclaimed cross art form collaborations zero degrees, PUSH and Sutra. In the last nine years, Sadler's Wells' productions have toured to 233 venues in 164 cities across the world.

Spalding also created the position of Associate Artist at the theatre. There are currently 16 Associate Artists, 3 Resident Companies and 1 Associate Company, representing the most exciting talent working in dance today.

He has initiated a number of ground-breaking annual festivals, including the critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin' Convention, as well as new initiatives such as the Composer Series and Sadler's Sampled.

Spalding's first job in arts management was at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, where he was a programmer from 1988 to 1994. Between 1994 and 2000 he was Head of Dance and Performance at the Southbank Centre in London. He has been responsible for the artistic programme at Sadler's Wells since February 2000, when he joined as Director of Programming, before becoming CEO and Artistic Director in October 2004.

He was appointed as a national member of the Arts Council England in 2009, and a member of the Arts Council England Advisory Panel between 1995 and 2003. He was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2005. He was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2012, for services to dance.

Something Then, Something Now heads North West

May 2015

Something Then, Something Now is on it's way to Liverpool and Manchester with the support of Milapfest.

The work will be showing at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool on May 16th and at The Lowry, Salford on May 17th.

For tickets go to:

BBC Get Creative - Why Dance Matters

February 2015

As part of the BBC's Get Creative Initiative, Sadler's Wells hosted a panel discussion about Why Dance Matters.

Panelists: Carlos Acosta, Kenneth Tharp, Jonzi D, Seeta Patel and Pam Zinkin

For BBC News London Coverage visit:

BBC Young Dancer of the Year

December 2014

I am very excited to be invited as a second round judge for the first year of the BBC Young Dancer competition.

As a parallel endeavour to the BBC's long running Young Musician of the Year competition, this initiative is about high quality dance.

In association with Sadler's Wells and a wide range of experts and judges including Akram Khan, Tamara Rojo and Alistair Spalding to name a few, I am very happy to be apart of a great team championing excellence in dance.

The categories are Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and South Asian (Bharatanatyam/Kathak).

I am looking forward to attending the live performances for the second round of the competition at the mac in Birmingham on Monday 15th December 2015, and finding the 5 special dancers to go through to the next round.

Shringara and Dancing My Siva go to France!

November 2014

Shringara: A Journey of Desire and Dancing My Siva to be presented in France.
I am very pleased to announce that these two full length classical solo works with live music have been invited to France to be presented at Le Trident Scène Nationale de Cherbourg-octeville this Novemeber.
There will also be a performance in Saint Lô.

Our team will be delivering workshops and a music appreciation session.

We are very excited to bring these works to new audiences

Dance UK Mentoring Scheme 2014-15

July 2014

Very pleased to announce that I have been selected for the Dance UK Mentoring Scheme 2014-15 as one of 20 dance artists who will be individually mentored to build leadership skills within the arts sector and be supported for future development.

Thanks to Akademi for nominating me.

Please find the official press release here: DanceUKPressRelease.

Tickets available for Wild Card at Sadler's Wells

May 2014
Photo credit Stephen Berkeley White

Sadler's Wells are selling tickets for their Autumn Season.

Wild Card performance Something Then, Something Now on September 26th 2014 at the Lilian Baylis is now SOLD OUT!!!!!

But due to popular demand more tickets for Thursday 25th September are on sale! Don't miss out and get your tickets soon.

What's On and Book Tickets at Sadler's Wells, London's Dance House.

Further details in Sadler's Wells Autumn Season Press Release.

The Art of Defining Me at The BFI!!!

May 2014

We are very pleased to announce that as part of the 16th London Asian Film Festival our film has been selected to be screened at the BFI, Southbank on Saturday 17th May. It is part of the Future Films Raw Shorts and is being presented by Tongues on Fire.

Tickets only £6

For tickets please visit What's on & Buy Tickets - BFI Southbank

First Light at the Purcell Room

May 2014
First Light

As part of the Alchemy festival at London's Southbank Centre, Seeta has been invited to present her work First Light on May 21st 2014. This work has been produced and commissioned by Akademi.

For tickets visit Alchemy Festival Box Office - Southbank Centre

LAB Film Festival Awards

July 2013
LAB Film Festival Awards

The Art of Defining Me wins Best Experimental Film and Runner-up Best Film at the LAB Film Festival.