UNIT creates dance performances, projects and films with extraordinary people. We are careful to say people because our company isn’t like others. UNIT is made of different ages and experiences in dance and what always unites them is how brilliantly they move and their ability to move others.
We make exceptionally heartfelt and honest dance for everybody.
We make projects in theatres, schools, market places, care homes and everywhere where people are. We create dance that is made to bring people together, revealing personal stories and the communities that connect them.
UNIT started its journey in 2012 with Choreographer, Tom Hobden and Film Director, Kate Flurrie out of a chance collaboration. We have toured intergenerational performances, created bespoke commissions to bring venues and their communities closer, screened dance films nationally and internationally and engaged over 1000+ participants in regular classes, youth companies, graduate labs and residences.
And all because we wanted to see a dance company that looked the society, we saw everyday. A dance company that proved that everyone can dance.
Get in touch to find out how UNIT can design a bespoke project for your organisation and audiences.
Tom and Kate are artists I admire. They hold fast to their high principles as artists, working respectfully and carefully with trained and untrained performers. They work within their local community and personally and artistically commit to invest in East Anglia in a way that deepens their work.
Artistic director: Tom Hobden
Originally from Sudbury in Suffolk Tom trained at De Montfort University and continued his dance education at London Contemporary Dance School with a MA in choreography and a PGCE at Suffolk University. He a is a choreographer, dance educationalist, mentor and national leader in community dance practice. Tom is most known for his unending energy, enthusiasm and ability to work and connect with anyone.
Tom has had the pleasure in leading and supporting work for organisations including: New Adventures, DanceEast, Royal Ballet School, Ballet Boyz, Stopgap Dance, Studio Wayne Mc Gregor, Gecko Theatre, ISTD, Trinity Laban, Suffolk Art link, Dance United, Suffolk University. Tom has also collaborated with artists including: Alexander Whitley, Matthias Spurling, Tom Dale, New Art Club, Darren Ellis, Etta Murfitt, amongst others. Tom was associate artist at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and DanceEast from 2015 – 2017, a Clore graduate in June 2017 and is currently a Questlab artist for Studio Wayne McGregor 2018/19.
Most significantly in his career Tom has led five large scale (250+ participants) intergenerational performances, curated New Adventures ‘Overture’ Programme (A national CPD programme for young leading community artists) and is a lead artist for The Royal Opera House.
Tom is one of a kind. He has a wealth of experience working with dancers, choreographers and teachers and has an innate understanding of people.
Laura Biggs UNIT mentee
Associate Director: Kate Flurrie
Kate is the associate director of UNIT and is a filmmaker with experience in both artistic and commercial output. Kate has worked with a diverse range of brands and organisations including DanceEast, South East Dance, Trinity Laban, StopGap Dance Company, Gordon’s Gin, L’Oreal, 4Music and Runners World. Her exceptional skill is in her highly creative approach to direction and visuals and developing a unique filmic language that blends seamlessly with live performance.
Creative Producer: Helen Dawson
Helen Joined UNIT in 2017 as UNIT’s Creative Producer after supporting our first tour ’20 Questions’ and spearheading the UNIT vision. She is originally from Derby and then studied Arts Management at DeMontfort University. Helen built a diverse 10 year career in the dance sector supporting regional, national and international artists with a specific passion for outdoor arts. Currently she lives in Suffolk and works at DanceEast as a lead producer. In her free time she’s a bit of an outdoorsy girl and loves walking her dog and getting to the beach.
Administrative Assistant: Emma Jenkins
Emma joined UNIT in 2017 as the UNIT administrative assistant and has a passion for dance and organisation. She has over 12 years experience in administration, customer service and office management and this is her first role with an independent arts organisation. Emma was excited by the opportunity to bring her work experience and love of dance finally together, whilst working for a company passionate about dance, people and happiness.
2015 – 2017
UNIT were Associate Artists at DanceEast
2018 – 2019
Tom is a Questlab Artist, Studio Wayne Mcgregor