Ian has taught children to adults throughout the U.K, Europe, New York, Canada, ex soviet Georgia and Egypt. His teaching style reflects that of his training and performance experience and draws on a wealth of movement knowledge from Contemporary, Ballet, Street, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet, Release, Contact Improvisation, Somatics and Physical Dance Theatre.
Ian trained at The London Contemporary Dance School and Middlesex University. Upon graduating he became one of the leading members to join the Tammara McLorg Dance Ensemble, a crash dance Physical Theatre Company. The company with its unique fusion of styles, Contemporary, Break-dance, Acrobatics, Ballet and Physical Theatre toured the U.K and Easton Europe to great acclaim.
During a visit to New York Ian partook in dance classes and choreographic studio sessions and was instantly interested on relocating to New York to study further the American Modern Dance scene. During his six years in N.Y Ian continued to refine his dance technique and teaching style whilst studying at The Joffrey Ballet School under scholarship, The Martha Graham School, The Dance Space Centre, The Limon Centre, Alvin Ailey School, Cunningham School and The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Applying all he was learning Ian began to experiment with choreography whilst performing and teaching with The Mary Seidman Company, TCT Dance Company, Morales Dance and The Guggino Dance Company. Along with his choreographic work he began experimenting with dance for film and created two films ‘Clown’, and ‘Fallen’ that were well received at The Northern Dance Film festival.
Relocating back to the U.K Ian was invited to choreograph and perform for the Welsh physical theatre company ‘Theatre Garagaphie’, for their piece titled ‘The Divine Caligula’.
“The choreography, by Ian Woolley, was gripping, intense and sensitive driving the piece to a beautiful climatic ending.” Theatre Wales, reviews.
Basing himself in Bristol to focus on his teaching, choreography and dance film work Ian began to work with Columbian film maker Julian Lalinde; they collaborated with a group of Twelve to Seventeen year olds and using a fusion of Contemporary and Street dance they created a dance film based on Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’.
Ian, along with other associates, created theschool’s performing arts program offering young people a program that could remain open to organic change and growth of its time. A place where young people can feel free to experiment and fail without fear of judgement, a place where success comes from learning what one wants to become no matter what that is.
Ian is currently studying a MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) a movement-based therapy that supports intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body as a form of expressive therapy, DMP looks at the correlation between movement and emotion.