Helen Saunders

The Field Retreat

Come grow in the field...

Helen and Peter Vikstrom

Helen Saunders

Life is an amazing journey, embrace it with endless courage and boundless love.

Employment History:



The Field Retreat -Artists’ retreat and creative space. - Managing Director/Artistic director April 2015 to present.


Cardiff Pilates Studio - Director and Manager. April 2009 to February 2015.


National Dance Company Wales - Guest Dance Teacher January 2010 to November 2014.


Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School - Dance Teacher January 2006 to June 2008.


The Royal Danish Ballet - Assistant Rehearsal Director


Wilda/Tim Feldmann - Leading dancer and Choreographer's Assistant.


Flying Pig Productions- Founder/Director February 2001 to May 2007.


Twyla Tharp - Dancer April 1999 to October 1999


Danish Dance Theatre - Leading dancer August 1995 to August 2001


The Royal Danish Ballet – Dancer August 1988 to July 1995.


The Royal Ballet - Dancer August 1986 to July 1988.







The Royal Ballet School - Graduate Student of 1986 - Accepted into the Royal Ballet.


Pilates Instructor 2007 - Body Control Pilates, Level 3 trainer.


Web design and IT.




Teaching experience:


The Field Retreat

Cardiff Pilates Studio

National Dance Company Wales

Deborah Colker

Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School

The Royal Danish Ballet

Dansens Hus’ Summer Seminar ’03

Belen Fernandez Dance Academi Jerez de la Frontera

Skånes Dansteater

Flying Fish Dance Co. Durban

Bristol College

Danish Dance Theatre

Dansens Hus, Copenhagen


Rubicon, Cardiff





Choreographic work:


2007 All in the Process, Dance Festival, Rennes, France

2006 Many Faced Man, Dansescenen Copenhagen & Århus

2006 Solo # 1, Den Anden opera, Copenhagen

2005 Triple Bill, Dansescenen, Copenhagen

2004 First Five Things, Short Stories, Dansescenen

2003 Nursery Nightmare, Dansescenen

2003 Guest at Dansescenen’s 10 year’s Jubilee, with Momentlynowhere

2003 Knight to i 5 and Momentlynowhere, Den Anden Opera, Copenhagen

2002 Pocket Full of Lies, Dansescenen, Dansolution I

2002 Calling the Cows, Tour of Denmark with Danish Dance Theatre

2001 Calling the Cows, Dansescenen, Dansolution II

2000 Purl one, Knit one, Drop one, winner of Dansolution I, Dansescenen




Rehearsal director:


2005 – 2006 Royal Danish Ballet

2001 – 2001 Skånes Dansteater

2000 – 2001 Danish Dance Theatre

2000 – 2007 Flying Pig Productions (Artistic director)




Skills and achievements:


Awarded the Augustinus Fond Legat as recognition of contribution to Danish Dance.

Nominated in 2000 as one of the artists that gave the most to Danish dance in recent history.

Board of directors for Danish Dance theatre 1997 – 1999.

Qualified web designer.

Video and music editor.

Lighting assisstant.

Fluent in Danish, leaning French.

Body Control Pilates and Rep's Level 3 teaching qualifications. (EU level 4).

DOB: 21/12/1966 - lots of my colleagues think that's scary.... I just welcome the significance.

Nationality: Technically Welsh, but go by British, although my home is now in France and my heart is Danish.

Email: helen@thefieldretreat.com



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