Staff

Staff

The team at One Dance UK are energetic and friendly experts in their fields. We’re 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 find out more about each person in the team, as well as how to contact them here. Need to speak to us now? Drop the correct department a call using the below numbers:

  • General enquiries – 02077130730
  • Membership – 02038701953
  • Business development – 02038701956
  • Health, Wellbeing & Performance, NIDMS and Dance On – 02038701960
  • POP, HPD memberships – 02079409804
  • U.Dance, Teachers and Children and Young People – 02078417362
  • DAD – 02038701957
  • One Dance UK Awards – 02078417369
  • Communications – 02038701945
  • Finance – 02078417353
  • Advocacy – 02078417350

Not sure who to speak to? Call us on 0207 713 0730 or email us at info@onedanceuk.org and we’ll make sure you reach the right person! 

 

Andrew Hurst

Chief Executive

Andrew Hurst is the Chief Executive of One Dance UK, with 25 years of experience in the Cultural sector, and over 10 years in ​Senior Management roles, ​including as the Executive Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre. Andrew is an accomplished dancer who has toured with major dance ​companies in Europe and the world, performing in theatres ​on every continent. If Andrew could take class with any dancer/s it would be Martha Graham or Isadora Duncan.

Christopher Rodriguez

Deputy Chief Executive/Finance Director

A Fellow of the Association of Certified and Chartered Accountants, Chris has previously worked for Talawa Theatre Company as Associate Director/Executive Producer, Rifco, Pegasus Opera and also at PwC, specialising in the energy sector. His proudest achievement to date is merging the financial areas of the four companies that became One Dance UK.  Chris would love to take a Tavaziva dance class but worries he wouldn’t be able to keep up!

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 moments to date are seeing U.Dance 2019 and U.Dance Digital 2020 come to life!

Tori Drew

Dance in Education Manager

Tori has previously worked both as a freelance dance artist and as a full-time secondary school dance teacher. Her proudest achievement to date is having her son Reuben in 2019 and she is very happy to see that he already has a passion for music and dance! Tori’s qualifications include a PGCE with QTS from Royal Academy of Dance, Postgraduate Dance in the Community from Trinity Laban and MSc in Dance Science from University of Wolverhampton.

Amy Williams

Dance in Education Manager

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/databases and has previously worked on events such as the London 2012 Olympics, 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!

Amelia Bickley

Business Development and Membership Assistant

Amelia, who is assisting our Business Development and Membership team, is most passionate about contemporary and salsa dance. One of Amelia’s proudest moments was writing her dissertation on Carlos Pons Guerra and graduating with a BA Dance Studies from the University of Roehampton. A fun fact about Amelia is that a video of her dancing was once featured on Madonna’s Instagram!

Lara Coffey

Head of Marketing and Communications

With a long and varied career across corporate, the arts and TV, 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 and inclusion, Lara places high importance on enabling access to the arts 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 has always been at the core of her work, and she thinks dance is the most beautiful form of expression and storytelling.

Chloe Sprackling

Marketing and Communications Officer

Chloe is responsible for our social media channels, and day to day marketing tasks. A keen dancer, whilst at University, Chloe enjoyed working with choreographer Julius Ebreo, and dancing in the Loughborough Dance Competition with her dance society, where they placed 1st – 3 years in a row!

 

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 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, the mother of contemporary African Dance and who set up the renowned L’Ecole des Sables.

Tamar Dixon

Administrator for Dance of the African Diaspora

As well as working with One Dance UK and DanceXchange, Tamar works as a freelance as a Dance Practitioner, facilitating dance workshops and classes across local communities under her own brand ‘Unique Movez Dance Collective’. Tamar has a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance Development. She would love to take a dance class with Janet Jackson, Beyonce and Rihanna as they are all powerful, influential women and amazing dancers!

Erin Sanchez

Manager of Health, Wellbeing, and Performance

Erin is the One Dance UK expert on dancers’ health, wellbeing and HDP talks and conferences. 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 to ensure dancers’ health education and resources are evidence and best practice-based and led by the needs of the sector. She is incredibly proud of our Healthier Dancer Talks, which have reached over 11,000 people to date.

Jess Lowe

Administrator of Health, Wellbeing, and Performance

Jess originally trained in jazz, Latin-American ballroom, and aerial dance, and has an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Alongside her passion for dancer health and wellbeing, Jess specialises in learning and education for dancers with specific learning differences. She has a particular interest in the perceptual experiences and cognitive learning styles of dancers which has largely informed her practice as a dance teacher and educator. Jess’ proudest moment was seeing her research presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference in Montreal, 2019. She would most love to do a workshop with Cirque du Soleil!

Dann Carroll

Project Manager

Project Manager Dann is no stranger to the arts world, having performed in Billy Elliot in the West End in his teenage years before going on to work for Kneehigh Theatre, and Birmingham City University, whilst also running his own company. Dann would love to take a dance class with either Pina Bausch or Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.

Contact Dann for information about One Dance UK’s projects including our Annual Conference, AGM, the One Dance UK Awards, and member networking events. 

Jeanefer Jean Charles

National Freelance Taskforce (position sponsored by One Dance UK)

Jeanefer Jean-Charles is a globally respected creative artist. Since starting her journey as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Bullies Ballerinas’ Jazz Dance Company (1990-2000), her work has taken her to over 21 countries. Her unique creative process aims to bring to life the talents, strengths and shared stories of local communities and artists in inspiring and unforgettable ways.

Jeanefer’s career highlights include: London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, The Rugby League World Cup Opening Ceremony in 2013, The FA Cup Final 2016 Opening Ceremony at Wembley. The first ever world record-breaking Big Dance 2006, The Return of Colmcille, Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013, and Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected 2016.

Cameron Ball

Special Projects Manager

Cameron is Festival Manager of U.Dance, the national youth dance festival, and edits One Dance UK’s publications One magazine and HOTFOOT Online. He has worked in arts producing and communications for the past five years. Prior to this, he performed for 10 years in West End shows and various other productions worldwide, with favourites being Cats, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. Alongside his work at One Dance UK, Cameron teaches dance at various conservatoires around the country.

Katie Stevens

Office Manager

When she’s not at One Dance UK, Katie teaches and leads dance classes for a community inclusive dance group, following on from her work as a Dance Assistant at Freewheelin’. Her proudest moment to date was Freewheelin’ to the Paradance National Championships and where they won gold and came home as National Champions.

Lucy Jennings

Projects Assistant

Lucy is our new project assistant from the University of Surrey, where she is currently studying BA Dance. and is also the Vice President of the Surrey Dance Squad.
Lucy loves teaching dance to all ages and watching children grow within creative communities. If Lucy could take a dance class with anyone it would be a ballet class with Sir Matthew Bourne.

Hanna Madalska-Gayer

Advocacy Manager

Hanna splits her time working between One Dance UK and Dancers Career Development. Her career to date has seen her in roles with the European Commission and later in the private sector for communications and government relations consultancies such as Burson-Marsteller and Chime Communications. If Hanna could dance with anyone it would be Mikhail Baryshnikov whom she notes has such raw and infectious passion when he dances. 

For invoices and other finance enquiries, please email Finance Manager Alan, at finance@onedanceuk.org . Please allow a minimum of 48 hours for a response.