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.

Not sure who to speak to? Call us on 0207 7713 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 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/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!

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 the newest member of the One Dance UK team and 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.

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.

Erin Sanchez

Manager of Dancers’ 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.

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. 

Cameron Ball

Special Projects Manager

Cameron has a long history in performing arts, with a dance and theatre career taking him to West End theatres and many leading venues worldwide. He also teaches and lectures around dance and musical theatre at universities, schools and colleges across Europe. If Cameron could dance with anyone, it would be Dame Gillian Lynne who he praises as fearless, passionate, demanding and inspirational

Contact Cameron for information on special projects including U.Dance 2020, HOTFOOT Online and our member magazine  One.

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.

Lauren Hewett

Projects Assistant

A dance student at the University of Surrey, Lauren is working with One Dance UK for a 12 month period as a Projects Assistant.  Having previously completed her DDI at Chichester college, Lauren is most proud of choreographing for the Contemporary Competition Team, which placed at several university competitions around the country. If she could take a dance class with anyone, it would be Martha Graham as she is a big fan of the Graham technique!

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.