Helen Saunders
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 again in 2000 as one of a few artists that contributed much to Danish dance.

Board of directors for Danish Dance theatre 1997 – 1999.

Qualified web designer.

Video and music editor.

Lighting assistant.

Fluent in Danish, French is getting there.

Body Control Pilates level 3 and EREP's Level 4 teaching qualifications.

TEFL level 5.

Permaculture Diploma.

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