Simona Scotto specialises in dance education and performance for over 55’s. She is Director and founder of Counterpoint Dance Company, Rehearsal Director of Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders and an Associate Artist at Cubitt Artists. Her latest work, funded by Arts Council England, is Migrations Europa Exchange and is being shown at Hackney Round Chapel on the 16th-18th February 2016.
Over the last 10 years with Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders, Simona has worked with artists and choreographers from companies such as Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures, Hofesh Shechter, Jasmin Vardimon, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance and Richard Alston. And her choreographic commissions for the company have been shown in theatres in London, the UK and Europe.
Other commissions include for A Million Minutes produced by AIR, a Central Saint Martins research studio and by Cubitt Artists for their Public Wisdom Symposium. As Creative Producer for the Claremont Centre, an over 55’s arts centre, Simona has also created various productions involving older people in the arts.
Born in Sardinia, Simona trained in classical and contemporary dance in Italy, London and New York. After completing her dance studies in London, Simona began performing and choreographing with her own and other dance companies at venues throughout the UK and abroad, including, Il Teatro del Conservatorio in Cagliari, The Place Theatre, Lillian Baylis Theatre at Sadler’s Wells and Grand Opera House, York.
Originally trained to work with frailer older people by Camden Active Health Team and latterly with more active older groups, Simona has been working in dance with older people for over 15 years. This has brought her to actively encourage older people to take up activities earlier in life as an act of prevention.
She currently divides her time between teaching weekly adult dance classes for over 55’s and creating choreographic works for her own company and other external commissions and productions. Simona also gives annual master classes at London Contemporary Dance School, Middlesex University and University of Bedford.