Toke Broni Strandby

Photographer: Pedro Machado 2015
Photographer: Hugo Glendinning

Toke is Danish, and has just graduated from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds finishing with a first class honours degree, also receiving the award for the greatest achievement of the year. Throughout his time at NSCD, Toke has performed and worked with choreographers such as Angus Balbernie, Charlotte Spencer, Jennifer Lynn Crawford and Charles Linehan, but have also been selected to collaborate and perform with the crew of Chris Goode & Company (London) on the two pieces “9” and The Albemarle Sketchbook. Both performed as part of Transform at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. Toke also took part in the big opening event of Trinity Leeds (2013) with TV coverage by BBC.

Before coming to the UK, Toke studied a Dance and Leadership course at Ollerup Academy of Physical Training in Denmark, where after he went on to study at the Bachelor Programme in Teaching Education at Campus Aarhus, finishing his exams in Psychology and Teaching Methods. Since 2009 Toke has taught and delivered his own workshops all over Denmark, but have also been working with DGI (Danish Gymnastics Association) to inspire and mentor in the field of performance and movement, to combine Danish gymnastics, anatomical training and dance.

I am interested in our personal level of engagement, not only in dance but towards all things in life, I see the understanding and knowledge of how our body works in relation to the world as being very individual, but mostly important and as essential for our own learning, participation and commitment towards everything around us.