Etta trained at London Contemporary Dance School. She created roles for Adventures in Motion Pictures (AMP) between 1991 and 2002 and became Assistant Artistic Director in 1995. On its conception in 2002 Etta was appointed Associate Director of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures (NA).
Her stage credits include: for NA and AMP, Associate Director and creation of the role of Peg Boggs in Edward Scissorhands (London, UK tour, Japan, Korea, USA, Australia, Athens, Antwerp), Associate Director for restaging of Highland Fling (Sadler’s Wells, UK tour and Japanese tour); Associate Director and recreation of the role of Clara in Nutcracker! (London, UK tours, Far East tour and US tour), Associate Director and creation of the role of Rita in The Car Man (Old Vic, UK tour, European tour, US tour and Japanese tour), Rehearsal Director for the original production of Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells and UK tour, roles including French & Spanish Princesses and The Queen in Swan Lake (West End, Los Angeles, Broadway), Rehearsal Director and creation of the role of Judy in Cinderella (West End and Los Angeles), creation of the role of Madge in Highland Fling, The Infernal Galop, The Percys of Fitzrovia, Deadly Serious and Town & Country; Clara in the original production of Nutcracker! (Opera North and Sadler Wells) and Matron/Queen Candy in 2007/08 production; founder member & dancer with Images Dance Theatre; Scottish Dance Theatre; Arc Dance Company; and created the role of Netta in This is the Picture with Aletta Collins Dance Company for Dance Umbrella. Etta’s TV and
Film credits include: Clara in Nutcracker! (BBC/NVC); Rita in the Car Man (Channel 4); Rehearsal Director Swan Lake (BBC); Late Flowering Lust (BBC); Roald Dahl’s Red Riding Hood (BBC); Mrs Hartley and the Growth Centre (BBC); and Storm (Aletta Collins/BBC Dance for the Camera).
Her choreography credits include: Le nozze di Figaro directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans for Holland Park Opera; The Way of the World directed by Selina Cadell at Wilton’s Music Hall; restaging AMP’s Nutcracker! (Sadler’s Wells); restaging AMP’s The Infernal Galop for Images of Dance (2007) and Sarasota Ballet, Florida (2008); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Dawn French, directed by Matthew Francis at the Albery Theatre. She teaches throughout the UK and abroad for dance companies and dance institutions, as well as being a freelance faculty member of the London Contemporary Dance School and Young Place.
Etta is also Associate Director of Re:Bourne the New Adventures educational strand.