New Adventures



Previous NACA Winners

2015/16 Winner

Jamaal Burkmar

Jamaal Burkmar is an alumnus from Northern School of Contemporary Dance and ACE Youth Dance and Music, where he began his dance journey back in 2005. In his second year at NSCD Jamaal created Ocean, which was then commissioned for VERVE, NSCD’s postgraduate company. Jamaal gained his first Grant for the Arts award for the creation of a short work called Sonder (2015) and in the same year won the New Adventures Choreographer Award. As part of the NACA Showcase 2016 Jamaal presented three World Premieres, including Jamaal Burkmar Dance’s 16 Bars, Storm (Shoreditch Youth Dance) and The Calm (Batch Company). 

(Photo: Danilo Moroni)

2013/14 Winners

Caroline Finn

Caroline Finn is currently Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales. Caroline trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring and then the Juilliard School, New York, where she attained her BFA in Dance. Caroline has performed with international dance companies such as Ballett Theater Munich, Ballet Preljocaj and Compagnie Carolyn Carlson. She has created work for companies such as Tanz Luzerner Theatre (Switzerland) and Ballet Nacional Chileno, (Chile). With NACA in 2014, Caroline created Bloom for Phoenix Dance Theatre. She is also a member of Tanztendenz Munchen e.V.

(Photo: Vreni Arbes)

John Ross

Choreographer, movement director and performer. Has performed with companies such as Opera North, Tom Dale and Jasmin Vardimon. He was named one of the BBC Performing Arts Fund’s 32 Ones to Watch 2015. Awards include: Donald Dewar Award (2010), New Adventures Choreographer Award (2013) and MOKO Children’s Choreography Award (2014).

Sally Marie

Sally trained at Central School of Ballet and has danced in works by Protein Dance, Sean Tuan John, Jasmin Vardimon and Tilted Productions. Through her company Sweetshop Revolution, she is now focusing on making work, having won the New Adventures Choreography Award 2013, The Children’s Award 2014 as well as a nomination too, for Best Dance Production 2015 - for her recent show I loved you and I loved you.

2011/12 Winners

James Cousins

Since winning the inaugural NACA in 2012, James has worked extensively as a choreographer, creating work for companies including National Ballet of Chile, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Scottish Ballet. In 2014, James formed James Cousins Company with producer Francesca Moseley, touring to popular and critical acclaim from South America to East Asia and across the UK. James is a Work Place artist at The Place.

Tom Jackson Greaves

Tom works internationally as a director, choreographer and movement director, recently at Shakespeare’s Globe, Headlong Theatre, The Royal Exchange as well as various musicals, plays, music videos and live events. He continues to work closely with Kneehigh Theatre and Matthew Bourne whilst also creating his own work including Neptunalia, Run For Your Life and the acclaimed UK tour of Seven Deadly Sins.