Meet The Core Team

Angela

Artistic Director

Angela trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, gaining a BPA Dance degree, before going on to undertake Professional Certificate in Education (Further) (PCE) teaching qualification. 

 

In 2016, Angela gained a Masters in Arts, Management, Policy and Practice from University of Manchester. 

Angela started working with NEW Dance in 2010.  This was her first community role and instantly fell in love with the ethos and goals of the organisation.  Angela became Artistic Director at NEW Dance in 2016.

Angela is passionate about the transformative power of dance, its ability to enrich lives, cohese communities and bring joy to both those who consider themselves as non-dancers and those who feel destined for a life on the stage.

Claire

Dance Practitioner & Project Coordinator

Claire began her training at Elliot-Clarke College at the age of 16 before going on to study at Liverpool John Moores University where she gained a BA Hons degree in Drama and Dance.

 

As an experienced actor, workshop leader and artist, Claire has specialised in physical theatre and contemporary dance with all ages.

 

She believes that the experience of performing in front of a live audience is the best feeling in the world, and that’s what she enjoys passing on to her participants, whether through a small, informal showing, an impromptu street performance or a full-scale production to a full-house. Claire gets such satisfaction knowing that the power of the performing arts lasts a lifetime.

Siân

Administrator

Siân graduated with a BA in English Language from Cardiff University and, having worked for several years in customer service and administration roles in other industries (before, during, and after university), Siân started at NEW Dance in March 2018. She is excited to be able to combine two of her passions - organisation and dance! 

She loves working with such a talented, likeable team in a job where she gets to wear many different hats, and see the progression and outcomes of a variety of projects and programmes.

Molly

Finance Officer

Molly was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and moved to Wales in 1971. She has two children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

 

After a background in banking she became a management accountant before starting her own business consultancy in 2004.

Molly is a committed Rotarian and has been involved in many humanitarian projects, particularly in Nepal, and has also championed the Rotary Peace Award, which is presented to the winner annually at Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

Meet The Freelance Team

Karen

Karen is a qualified Latin and Ballroom dance teacher, and started teaching for NEW Dance in May 2006.  She also leads workshops for social groups and activities, including ‘on-the field’ activities for Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and has choreographed for "Dance Fusion" and "Salsa" at the Stiwt and "Kiss Me Quickstep" at Theatr Clwyd. She has also taken part in, and helped to choreograph, NEW Dance flash mobs. 

 

She is very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching dance; she has gained invaluable experience in teaching adult dance across Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham, and enjoys it immensely. 

Amanda

Amanda has always had a keen interest in dance and gymnastics. After years of training, she went on to study dance through GCSE PE and A-Level Performing Arts, then completed her BA (Hons) degree in Dance at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Whilst at university, Amanda found a love for teaching. She has been a NEW Dance practitioner since 2012, and enjoys working creatively with children, linking in topics from the school curriculum to enhance children’s learning in a creative way. The majority of Amanda’s work with children is performance-based projects. Most recently, she has been working on NEW Dance’s partnership project with Ballet Cymru, delivering ballet classes to a group of pupils as part of their three-year scholarship. 

Anita

Anita graduated from Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre, having gained her ISTD teaching qualifications. From there, she went straight into teaching, entering pupils for various ISTD dance exams, GCSEs and A levels, and BTEC Performing Arts in Dance. She has choreographed for many shows and pantomimes, including S4C pop groups and solo artists. She taught national curriculum Dance at St Brigid’s School for 18 years, both primary and secondary. She joined NEW Dance in 2017, and has been able to work in the community on various projects, including weekly mature dance classes and school projects.

She believes everyone should be given the opportunity to dance, through laughter and fun.

Hanna

Hanna is a Welsh dance practitioner. She trained at the University of Chester, achieving a BA Hons in Dance. During her time in training, she was involved in many NEW Dance events, performances and was also a keen member of the Wrexham Youth Dance Company.

 

Hanna has been a freelance dance practitioner for NEW Dance since 2015 and, among other engagements, leads movement classes for care home residents, teaches the Denbighshire NEW Dance Youth Company, and gives Capoeira lessons.

 

She thrives in delivering dance to all ages and abilities, and enjoys sharing her passion and love for dance with everyone.

Nina

Nina trained at The Hammond School in Chester, and is a former Short Courses Tutor and Mentor for Royal Academy of Dance, as well as a tutor for BTEC Level 3 Dance units and GCSE Dance.

 

Nina has been the owner and tutor at her own dance school for over 30 years, specialising in ballet and teaching advanced vocational levels. Her other dance genres include jazz, tap, contemporary, historical, and national dance.

 

Since joining NEW Dance in June 2018, Nina has led regular Movers sessions and sessions at Ysbyty Maelor in Wrexham, as well ones for school projects.

Rachel

Rachel graduated from Edge Hill University with a first class degree in Dance and Aerial Performance.

 

Her teaching/ choreographic experience includes primary and secondary schools, universities, classes for elderly, dance schools, prison work and wedding first dances. 

 

Her main performance credits include Company Chameleon, Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance, Boney M, ITV2’s Time Wasters, Box Events UK, Holly Ellison, Avanti Display and Walk the Plank. Her dance training is versatile, with her favourite styles being contemporary, African, lyrical and jazz.

Rachel joined the NEW Dance team in June 2017.

Daisy

Welsh born and proud, Daisy received her MA in Contemporary Performance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

 

She has since gone on to work with companies such as Matter of Fact Dance, Barrowland Ballet and Extended Play, alongside performing her own solo work and developing her choreographic and teaching practice across the UK.

 

Daisy is a NEW Dance practitioner, having joined the team in September 2018, alongside teaching for the Chameleon Youth Seniors programme. She has acted as guest teacher for the Lowry CAT, The Hammond and North West Dance Studios, among others.

 

Daisy is passionate about developing further dance opportunities for young people, aiming to offer groovy, physically engaging, and positivity driven classes to her students.

Eirian

Eirian has been teaching dance for 11 years. She is a self-taught street dancer, and teaching street dance has been her passion for many years, with her groups competing in world championship competitions.

 

She also loves teaching creative dance, having completed a year-long apprenticeship with Dawns I Bawb (the community dance organisation in north west Wales).  She has attended many workshops, such as a Jonzi movement workshop in Cardiff, which helped her knowledge massively in the hip-hop world.

 

Eirian has also been involved with creating her own workshops and events with artists such as Jonzi d, Bird Bang, Nicholas Marvel, Rowdy and more. These workshops have helped develop her knowledge and understanding of different dance forms so she can pass her passion for dance on to others.

Eirian joined the NEW Dance team in January 2020.

Emma

Emma completed her undergraduate training in Dance at DeMontfort University, and graduated from the University of Chester with a Masters in Dance. Emma joined the NEW Dance team in February 2019.

 

Emma has taught in a wide range of settings such as primary and secondary schools, gifted and talented programmes, all male groups, and older people. Emma specialises in working in inclusive settings. She has set up and run workshops and projects for those with physical and learning disabilities, as well as working with those suffering with Dementia and Parkinson's.

 

Emma's style of movement is challenging and engaging, and strives to create choreography that challenges ideas. Emma believes dance is for everyone, and is a powerful tool to express yourself and effect change.

Helen

Helen is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and Artistic Director of The Sound of Salsa. She teaches a variety of dance styles and has performed for a variety of dance companies.


She completed her professional dance training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, gaining a BPA (Hons) degree in Dance. She then went on to dance professionally, performing with many companies including Tangled Dance Company, China Pearl, Movema and 12 Degrees North. She has taught salsa, ballet and contemporary dance in a variety of institutions including Edge Hill University, Salford University and The City of Liverpool College.

 

Helen joined the NEW Dance team in September 2019.

Patricia

Originally from Portugal, Patricia began her dance training from a very young age, passing the RAD exams up to grade 7 with distinctions. She graduated with a BA Honours in Performing Arts from Escola Superior de Dança de Lisboa in Lisbon.

 

In 2005, she moved to the UK, where she pursued a career as a performer and dance teacher with the contemporary dance company Arcane.

 

Since then, she has worked with artists and organisations such as Fenfen Huang, Sophie Taylor, Ithalia Furel, Chester University, Brindley Theatre, Cheshire Dance and the London Ballet Company. She started as a NEW Dance practitioner in March 2019. Her favourite styles of dance include ballet, tap and hip hop.

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