Dance Enters Stage Right at Invictus UK Trials

Dance Enters Stage Right at Invictus UK Trials

17 June 2019

Whether you've got dance experience or an as yet untapped yearning to explore your dance skills, this dance workshop led by by ex-US Marine Roman Baca and trained ballet dancer and West End Choreographer Lily Howkins is open to you.   

Connected to the acclaimed Soldier On play being performed at Sheffield City Hall alongside the Invictus UK Trials (22nd - 26th July 2019)  Roman Baca says,  "Soldier On is a play written by veterans and civilians that got together to do something creative and healing.  In a similar way, Lily and I have designed a workshop that brings veterans and civilians together to create choreography, share ideas, and move in ways that are new and fun."

Lily is resident choreographer for Theatre Sotto Voce, with whom she has been working on a new children’s musical 'Behind Enchanted Windows', developing the choreography through an R&D process at The Unicorn Theatre. 

 Her previous choreography and movement work includes 'Soldier On' touring across the UK, 'Arnika' at The Bridewell Theatre, 'Honk!' at The Union Theatre and  'The Tinderbox' at Charing Cross Theatre.  Lily was also co-director for the physical theatre piece 'Hood!', an Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out. In the past Lily has directed productions of 21 Theatre and Hartshorn-Hook’s 'A Tribute to The Blues Brothers' and 'The Rat Pack - Live!' as well as choreographing their London gala performances at the Arts Theatre.

 Roman Baca, a New Mexico native, is a classically trained ballet dancer and choreographer. In 2001, recognizing his desire to defend the vulnerable, he took a hiatus from dance and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving as a machine-gunner and fire-team leader in Fallujah, Iraq during the Iraq War.

 After the war, Baca returned to dance and co-founded Exit12 Dance Company, which tells veterans’ stories choreographically, to increase cross-cultural understanding and heal divisions. He has choreographed and championed dance works that explore the military veteran experience and the impact of war on civilians and families. He has also led choreographic workshops at schools, universities, and veteran’s centers to inspire military veterans, victims of war, and civilians through the power of dance.

 Tickets for Dance Workshop: Movement to Contact at Sheffield City Hall are available  (subject to booking fees) online at through the ticket hotline on 0114 2 789 789 and in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office.

 For further MEDIA information please contact Iain McCallum on 07771 636612