Staff

Staff

The staff of One Dance UK is an energetic and friendly team made up of talented individuals, each responsible for a particular area of work. They are always happy to engage directly with members, prospective members, individuals or any organisations who want to know more about the dance sector or One Dance UK’s work.

You can speak to them directly by calling us on 0207 7713 0730. You can also use their individual email addresses below:   

Andrew Hurst

Chef Executive

Well known in the dance sector, Andrew has previously danced with Nederlands Dans Theater and worked with Phoenix Dance Theatre.  If Andrew could take class with any dancer/s it would be Martha Graham or Isadora Duncan.

Christopher Rodriguez

Deputy Chief Executive/Finance Director

Contact Chris for information on individual purchases, sales, contracts and for general financial questions affecting dance companies and artists.

Laura Nicholson

Head of Children and Young People's Dance

Laura has a wealth of experience in education, and was once Assistant Vice Principal at a Secondary School in West Yorkshire where she was responsible for developing and leading a unique performing arts curriculum pathway for Key Stages 3 and 4. Her proudest moment to date is seeing U.Dance 2019 come to life!

Amy Williams

Dance in Education Manager (Maternity Cover)

Always active, Amy teaches her own dance fitness classes, following work as a dance teacher in colleges and schools. Amy is incredibly proud of her daughter, and also of completing a 365-day running challenge to raise money for charity.

Frederick Hopkins

Head of Business Development and Membership

With a background in the corporate world dealing specifically in Property Services, Fred has worked with global clients, and has vast experience in Business Development. If Fred could take a dance class with anyone, it would have been Fred Astaire – who he describes as part of the ‘golden age of Dance in the public eye’

Barny Darnell

Membership Manager

Barny hails from a freelance background looking after CRM and databases, though he has also previously worked on events such as the London 2012 Olympics with Ticketmaster, of which he is incredibly proud. If he could have had the chance, Barny would have liked to take a dance class with Prince – and reckons that he could have taught him a thing or two!

Lara Coffey

Head of Marketing and Communications

With a long and varied career spanning the arts, TV and freelance worlds, Lara is a digital expert who has previously worked with companies such as Motionhouse and Birmingham Royal Ballet, as well as part of digital BAFTA and Emmy award-winning production teams. Passionate about accessibility in the arts, Lara places high importance on being able to give people access to the arts (and dance specifically!) in both traditional and new ways.

Dani Bower

Marketing and Communications Manager

Dani’s career as a marketer and freelance photographer has seen her work with organisations such as DanceXchange, IDFB, Attenborough Arts Centre and more – she once even got to photograph David Attenborough! Dani’s talent for creating and sharing stories visually is what has always been at the core of her work, and she thinks dance is the most beautiful form of expression and storytelling we have.

Tiah Parsan

Marketing and Communications Officer

Marketing Officer Tiah has previously worked in marketing for Trinity Laban, alongside which she gained experience freelancing and teaching hip-hop and commercial workshops. Tiah was proud to complete her Urban Dance Degree in 2017, and has been working hard in the dance sector ever since.

Mercy Nabirye

Head of Dance of the African Diaspora

As well as being the first UK DAD dance representative to be officially appointed on the board of Directors of IABD in LA, Mercy has also previously worked as a director of Operations and Finance for Arts Council England’s Creative Partnerships in Kent before starting with One Dance UK. If Mercy could dance with anyone, it would be Germaine Acogny, who is labelled the mother of contemporary African Dance and set up the renowned L’Ecole des Sables.

Heather Benson

DAD Special Projects Manager

Heather currently works with One Dance UK and also as a Dance Lecturer for Horton Technique at WAC Arts, University of Roehampton and Artistry Youth Dance, whilst also providing freelance support to a host of other organisations as Producer and Project/Events Manager.   Heather would love to have had a dance class with Prince.

Contact Heather for programming and activities of dance from the African Diaspora throughout the UK and to build partnerships with artists across the global Diasporas.

Erin Sanchez

Manager of Dancers’ Health, Wellbeing and Performance

Erin is the One Dance UK expert on dancers’ health and wellbeing and HDP talks and conferences. She is incredibly proud of the Healthier Dancer Talks which have reached over 11,000 people to date. Alongside knowledgeable, experienced colleagues in the Healthier Dancer Programme, Dance Medicine and Science Expert Panel, and the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, Erin works hard to ensure dancers’ health education and resources are evidence and best practice-based, and led by the needs of the dance sector.   

Dann Carroll

Project Manager

My previous roles include being Communications for international touring theatre company Kneehigh, and Marketing & Events for Birmingham City University, both while performing with my own company. 

My proudest achievement is probably either getting to perform in Billy Elliot on the West End when I was 16, or getting to tour my own work around the UK after graduating. 

If I could take a dance class with anyone, it would be between Pina Bausch or Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker – I literally couldn’t choose between them. Or, if was feeling brave, some sort of primal, wild class with Marina Abramovic. I’d also love to have a class with Marion Motin, but I’m nowhere near good enough! 

Contact Dann for information about One Dance UK’s upcoming projects including Re:generations, the One Dance UK Awards, and member networking events. 

Cameron Ball

Special Projects Manager

I have had a long history with the performing arts, with a dance and theatre career taking me to West End theatres and many leading venues worldwide. I also teach and lecture dance and musical theatre at universities, schools and colleges around Europe.

My proudest moment has to be watching Europe’s largest centre for the arts, Southbank Centre, come alive with dance for U.Dance 2019, One Dance UK’s national youth dance festival.

If I could dance with anyone, I would dance with Dame Gillian Lynne. She was fearless, passionate, demanding and inspirational to work with, and I know she’d get the best out of me – no matter what!

Contact Cameron for information on special projects including U.Dance 2019, HOTFOOT Online and our member magazine  One.

Katie Stevens

Office Manager

Prior to working at One Dance UK, I was working with Freewheelin’ as a Dance Assistant. I teach and lead dance classes for a community inclusive dance group in based in Birmingham, still spending my Friday evenings dancing with them! 

My proudest moment to date ha got to be taking Freewheelin to the Paradance National Championships and having our hard-working group – who have very little dance experience – win gold and come home as National Champions.

If I could take a dance class with anyone, I would take a class with Cirque du Soleil because I want to be able to fly!

Hanna Madalska-Gayer

Advocacy Manager

As well as working at One Dance UK I also work part time as Communications Officer for Dancers’ Career Development. I previously worked in the European Commission and later in the private sector for communications and government relations consultancies such as Burson-Marsteller and Chime Communications. 

To date, I’m very proud of the work we’re doing to make real change for the dance sector and to dancers’ lives in the UK. 

I would love to take a dance class with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has an incredible raw and infectious passion when he dances.