Melanie has been involved with horses all her life. She trained and rode horses in Endurance riding competitions at local and international level. In 1998 she was ranked top british Endurance Rider and placed 8th in the European trophy. In 2000 she became British Endurance Champion riding her own Schenkers Samurai who also took the coverted best condition award for the same 160 km race.
Since retiring from competetive riding, Melanie focused on the relationship between horse and human which led to studying natural horsemanship, equine bio mechanics, and natural hoof care. In 2009 she graduated the school of Barehoof Strategy and became a professional hoof trimmer. In 2015, she was approached by GDance as they were looking for a horse to perform at liberty in their production of All Fall Down. Melanie had the ideal equine candidate, Vigilante, who she had hand reared from birth and who had already had experience of showing off his tricks to an audience. She developed a rapport with Marie-Lou who was cast as the main character in the production and they have been working together ever since.
Marie-Louise is an experienced professional dance artist, performer & award-winning choreographer with 25 years of experience, working extensively with renowned dance makers & theatre directors. Marie-Louise received a Dance UK Award for inspiring the leader of the future in 2015. She was a finalist in major contemporary choreography award The Place Prize in 2005 and nominated for a Total Theatre Award 2007. She has created many Arts Council funded projects & commissions for a range of exciting collaborations and productions of her own between 2004 and 2014. Marie-Louise danced with tap dance company Sole Rebel Tap touring across the UK for 5 years, alongside dancing in projects with Swindon Dance resident company Swerve Dance Theatre. From 1994 and 2002 she was a core company dancer with an internationally renowned dance company, Seven Sisters Group who’s groundbreaking productions were performed at The Royal Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, The National Theatre, St Pancreas Chambers, V&A Museum, Selfridges, The Place Theatre and train stations across Europe. She went on to dance with company El Paller in Catalunya near Girona. Marie-Louise has enjoyed working extensively over the years as a freelance performer for independent choreographers & directors including the renowned Yael Flexer of Bedlam Dance, Rosemary Lee, Andrew Tidmarsh RSC, Lila Dialo, Helen Crocker & Robert Hylton, Tony Adigun, Mehrdad Seyf of 30 Bird Productions. Most recently with choreographer/ director & videographer Peter Anderson in collaboration with Last Legs Dance Theatre. Marie-Lou’s vintage song & dance duo The Mary Lou Revue is hugely popular and has gained a reputation as being a highly engaging, top-class performance for a broad audience and received ACE funding for the 2019 - 2020 tour Bedside Cabaret. She also creates and performs equine dance performance with experienced equestrian Melanie Fauske and her horses in Barehoof Productions. She has choreographed & performed with Curious Company since 2007 touring extensively around the UK with outdoor productions Mr Wippy & the Conette’s, Alice & Mr Chirrups Global Bug Safari & The Little Mermaid an aqua spectacle with dance and synchronised swimmers. Her work in the entertainment sector has included clients BBC, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Pierre Cardin, Yves Laurent, Star Cruises Asia to name a few. She has entertained at a host of celebrity events, parties, award ceremonies, film premieres and music concerts including gigs with Sparks & Jarvis Cocker. Marie-Louise has many years of experience teaching dance and leading inclusive dance practice. She is also a dance movement specialist for the elderly and people living with dementia.