Tanya Richam-Odoi, dancer and choreographer, was born in Dundee, Scotland, and studied at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (1st Year Prize, Outstanding Achievement). From 2003 onwards she was an ensemble member of the Phoenix Dance Theatre, where she danced in the four-part production 04 (Signal by Henri Oguike, Can you see me by Rui Horta, Source 2 by Darshan Singh Bhuller and Polystyrene Dreams by Maresa von Stockert) as well as in Darshan Singh Bhuller’s Planted Seeds (2004). In 2003 she was also nominated for the Outstanding Female Artist (Modern) Dance Award. In recent years, Tanya Richam-Odoi has been engaged in numerous productions and various projects – she danced, among others, in To Be Straight With You by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre), in Dry Toast by Douglas Thorpe (RODA/Mad Dogs Dance Theatre), in the music video Slippery Slope by the band The Do, in The Wiz (directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo; West Yorkshire Playhouse) and in The Opera Show (directed by Mitch Sebastian; To Be Productions). In 2009 she was on stage with the Pet Shop Boys for the Brit Awards. Furthermore, she has worked with The White Group (Research and Development), Greenroom Films (performer) and as an extra for BBC, ITV and C4. Most recently, she has been working on a dance project to welcome the Olympic flame to Leeds.