2017-2018 Selection Panel for Mentoring Programme

The Mentoring Programmes 2017-2018 Selection Panel is a diverse group made up of leading UK and international dance specialists. Their role is to assess thoroughly, evaluate and score each application on merit to identify the best candidates for these leadership programmes.

Benjamin Dunks

Artistic Director – Attik Dance

Benjamin Dunks has worked in Dance for 22 years, and has experienced all aspects of the dance world in that time. He has been a performer, devising and touring shows with eight companies in Australia and the UK, directed and movement directed work, worked with all ages in youth dance, education and the community and has also produced and been a general manager. Benjamin is currently the Artistic Director of Attik Dance, based in Plymouth and Honorary Fellow at Exeter Medical School.

Jennifer Curry

Executive Director - Dancers’ Career Development

Photography by ASH. Amber Hunt is a DCD supported dancer. Jennifer joined Dancers’ Career Development in 2010, becoming Executive Director in 2014. She graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in Dance and Culture with Professional Training and obtained an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City University, London. Jennifer completed the Clore Leadership Programme Emerging Leaders Course in March 2014. She is an Executive member of the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD) (C) Photography by ASH. Amber Hunt is a DCD supported dancer.  

Jo Towler

Executive Director - Candoco Dance Company

Prior to her current role at Candoco Dance Company Jo was Executive Director of Luca Silvestrini’s Protein. She joined Protein from the London Mozart Players, where she was Deputy Managing Director, having previously worked as a Marketing Manager for the Philharmonia Orchestra. Jo is a Trustee of Studio 3 Arts and a Fellow of the RSA.

June Gamble Coordinating

Producer - Plymouth Dance

June is an Arts Manager and Development Consultant, a qualified Life and Business Coach, an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University, Partner at Grand Visionary Solutions and part time Coordinating Producer for Plymouth Dance. Past and present clients include Hofesh Schechter, Jeanefer Jean-Charles, various local, regional and national dance agencies, IDMN, Siobhan Davies Dance, ADAD, Akademi and The Place Artist Development.

Melanie Knott

Head of Learning - Curve Theatre / freelance dance educator

Mel Knott has been working in dance education since 1989 as a teacher, manager, trainer and choreographer. She is based in Leicestershire and currently delivers dance in primary and secondary schools, at post-16, in Higher Education and within the youth and community dance sector. Mel is also an examiner, moderator and trainer for the GCSE Dance qualification, and was an executive board member for the National Dance Teachers Association. Mel was the Director of Dance at The BRIT School in London and is passionate about teaching dance. She is inspired by working in artistic contexts which enable her to collaborate with a variety of people and places.  

Michelle Groves

MA, BSc(Hons), BPhil(Hons), Doctoral candidate UCL, Institute of Education

Michelle has a wealth of experience spanning over 30 years in the teaching of dance, dance training and dance education across private and vocational schools, higher and further education and community contexts. Having established a wide-ranging freelance career as a professional dancer and educator, Michelle joined the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance in 2000. In 2016 she was appointed Director of Education and Training for the Royal Academy of Dance. Michelle’s research interests are in the formation of dance teachers’ identities, professional transitions, the professionalisation of dance teaching, and learning and teaching approaches for dance teacher education.

Monique Deletant Bell

Director - Stratford Circus Arts Centre (Maternity cover)

Monique is an experienced Arts Leader. She is currently Director (Maternity cover) at Stratford Circus Arts Centre having previously been Interim Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer at Rich Mix. She worked at Akademi as Administrative Director for a number of years and has also worked in disability arts. In a varied career, Monique has worked as a Stage Manager and in various non-arts positions, including as a researcher for an MP, at the Lord Chancellors’ Department, as a manager at a non-departmental public body and as Assistant Private Secretary to the Master of the Rolls. She was a Trustee of ADAD and is currently Chair of Icon Theatre. Monique has a freelance portfolio and is a trained coach and mentor.

Pam Johnson

Senior Relationship Manager - Arts Council England, London office.

Pam has worked for Arts Council England, (ACE) since 2003 – initially as their North-West Dance Officer, as a Relationship Manager, (Yorkshire) and currently she is a Senior Relationship Manager in the London office. Her role includes: overseeing the London Combined Arts and Dance portfolios and the co-ordination of Arts Council England’s Strategic Partnerships including relationships with London local government. Pam trained in dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD). Previously she has worked as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and community education manager for various renowned organisations such as DV8, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Kokuma Dance Theatre, NSCD and more.

Sue Wyatt Chair

One Dance UK

From 1 April 2017 Sue will be the Director of English National Ballet School. She is former Chief Executive of Rambert Dance Company, and past Manager of The Cholmondeleys & Featherstonehaughs, Sue has over thirty years’ experience in the arts. She was Head of Combined Arts and Strategy at East Midlands Arts Board, a Council Member for Arts Council London, Chair of artsdepot Barnet, and a Trustee for both Phoenix Dance Theatre and Hampstead Theatre.

Tomorr Kokona

 Professional Development Manager - One Dance UK

As the Professional Development Manager for One Dance UK, Tomorr provides art-form and entrepreneurial support for members and the wider dance industry. Tomorr’s artistic, business and managerial career is varied and spans over two decades. His expertise as a performance artist, choreographer and entrepreneur draws from a wealth of experiences in setting up and running diverse national and international cultural programmes. Tomorr’s productions have appeared at renowned venues such as Wembley Arena, South Bank Centre, Cadogan Hall and other European institutions.