Based in Belfast Northern Ireland, Sheena is a dance artist whose interest lies with contemporary dance field and community dance practice. Since graduating in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts- Dance from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts LIPA she has worked across the UK and Ireland as well as internationally( Norway, Germany, Austria, Romania, South Africa and Switzerland) and received a Lisa Ullmann Scholarship in 2011, SIAP Travel Award (2009 , 2014), a SIAP International Fund (2012) and SIAP Research Award (2015) from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Sheena enjoys working with a range of abilities and ages within community dance with a specific focus on integrated and youth dance work. Over the last few years her keen interest within inclusive and disability-led dance has become her focus working with Luminous Soul, Open Arts Belfast and the Dungannon Disability Arts Programme. She established the Dungannon Inclusive Dance Group in 2014, meeting weekly to create and perform new work in a range of setting challenging the perceptions of dance and disability. In April 2015 she worked with Janice Parker Projects, ResiDance Germany and Agape on a week of dance workshops in Faragas & Sercaia, Romania with adults with and without disabilities. 2016 sees Sheena take on the role as a mentor to two dance artists at different stages in their career -one whose focus was on facilitation and workshop planning and one with a focus on building new skills and developing a solo work.
She leads the Sutemos Youth Dance Group, a DU Dance NI intercultural project based in Dungannon. They have performed across NI and in Dublin (2014) in Germany (2012) winning the BBC Performing Arts Fund Award in 2011. Last year (2015) saw them perform live on the BBC National Lottery Show and in 2016 a special performance at Northern Ireland’s Assemblys Stormont building as part of a cultural diversity event.
Her choreography work includes ‘Shaded’ which was performed for the Irish President Micheal D. Higgins during his visit to Belfast in 2011 as well as a range of theatre and site -specific work. Unearth a site specific performance project in Oslo and Belfast 2013 with composer Charlotte Piene & choreographer Signhild Meen Waersted.Her solo work ‘Lapsed’ explores a relationship challenged by memory inspired by her grandmother who suffered from dementia. It premiered in November 2013 at the New Works evening at Echo Echo Dance Theatre’s International Dance Festival in Derry and at the CityDance Festival 2014 at Crescent Arts Centre as well as being broadcast on the BBC NI Arts Show December 2014. Her latest work ‘Fragments’ is an installation piece which explores what is hidden, obscured or simply what we chose to leave unseen.
Other facilitation projects range from dance with older people, people with disabilities, youth and younger children working for companies such as Luminous Soul Belfast, Open Arts Belfast, Crescent Arts Centre Belfast, DU Dance NI, Mid Ulster Council, BBC NI, BBC Blast, Kaleidoscope NI, Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre, Big Telly Co. and Arts Care.