Barbara and Jay picture © Chris Randle

Barbara and Jay formed Kokoro Dance in 1986. They met in 1979 when both were dancing with the Paula Ross Dance Company. In 1982, Barbara and Jay joined with Peter Bingham, Ahmed Hassan, Lola MacLaughlin, Jennifer Mascall, and Peter Ryan to form EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music), a volatile collective of strong personalities that began with some very altruistic intentions, produced some highly original work, and eventually disintegrated into a number of separate companies (EDAM, Kokoro Dance, Lola Dance, and Mascall Dance).