Cherie Brennan

Community Engagement Artist

Cherie Brennan

Cherie grew up in South London and started her Dance journey at 16 years old at Southfields Community College. Encouraged by her tutors, she then went on to achieve a BA in Dance and Culture at The University of Surrey where she focused on Contemporary and Traditional African and Caribbean Peoples Dance. Graduating in 2015 with a 1st in her final performance exams and in her placement year with Stopgap.

During her time at Surrey she took part in workshops led by STOMP, Replica Dance Company and performed in a curtain raiser for State of Emergency’s ‘Sketches from Grahamstown and Desert Crossings’. Cherie was also an active member of the student led Dance Company ‘Actual Size’ which performed regularly as well as being the Vice President and Choreographer for the Gospel Choir society which performed as part of a backing choir on the X-Factor.

Cherie’s journey with Stopgap started in 2013 as an intern, she was then offered the role of Access Worker not long after she graduated and worked closely with Nadenh Poan and performed alongside him, Kat Ball, Christian Brinklow, Chris Pavia and Hannah Sampson in ‘Moon Language’. She also co-managed a week long International Inclusive Chorographic Lab involving 37 dancers from 4 different countries as well as supporting on the ‘Night at the Theatre’ show and tour created by Tim Casson which featured Nadenh and Hannah.

She progressed onto Access Officer and during this time was a big influence in the creative process of ‘The Enormous Room’ which she then went on to tour with as Assistant Stage Manager. After 2 years it was time to say goodbye to ‘The Enormous Room’ as she decided to leap into the world of Freelance where she became Stopgap’s Youth Leader.

As Youth Leader Cherie taught, supported and co-led many of Stopgap’s Youth Companies delivering Stopgap’s IRIS Syllabus, choreographing and performing alongside the Youth Companies. She also delivered outreach work in schools, collaborating closely and choreographing with Chris Pavia on projects that had a performance event at the end.

Cherie has progressed onto being Community Engagement Artist, where alongside all of her teaching in the community, she now mentors members of Sg2 in creative learning, and delivers on the IRIS Teacher’s Intensive and Seedbed.  Cherie is also lead facilitator and choreographer of THRIVE Youth Company, a safe and creative place for young people who are NEETS and may be experiencing difficult life challenges. THRIVE was originally run by The Dance Movement who Cherie taught and performed for before they closed, she has also worked with Casson and Friends, UNiT,  DAiSY and Dance Woking.