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Who We Are

A Dance Leader is any dance professional who is committed to contributing to a bigger vision for a thriving dance sector and empowering its communities to achieve more than they can on their own. Someone who uses dance to inspire others.

The Dance Leaders Group (DLG) steering group is currently made up of representatives from:

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Orit Azaz

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The DLG & Critical Mass What Next 2022-24 programme is project managed by Katie Holtom.

DLG also convene an advisory group that comprises independent professionals, representatives from funded organisations and young people (18yrs+) who bring specialist skills and expertise to drive DLG activity. These are:

Ascension Dance

Black Country Dance Hub


Delphine Wise

Helen Mason

Helen Mclaughlin

​Kirsten Tranter

One Dance UK

People Dancing

Rob Hemming

Steph Sandy

The network itself includes over 70 members from across the Midlands including from:

  • Representatives of large and small NPOS

  • Independent dance organisations

  • Freelance artists

  • Young people interested in exploring and pursuing a career in dance


Alison Penn

Amber Cahill

Amelia Bickley

Andrea Barzey


Arts Connect

Ascension Dance

Birmingham Dance Network

Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Black Country Dance Hub

Brewhouse Arts Centre

Catherine Clisset

Charlotte Rogers

Company Apidae

Daisy Dymond


Dan Walsh

Elmhurst Dance

Eloquent Praise Dance Company

Emma Armstrong-Craddock

Emma Ford

Emma Morgan



Frankie Goodinson


Freya Davis


Highly Sprung

Hollie Johnston

Humanhood Dance Company

Infuse Dance

Kate Taylor

Katie Holtom

Keneish Dance

Kirsten Tranter

Lexy Garner

Louise Katerega

Lorna Savage

Mark Mallabone

Megan Harris

Mercurial Dance


Natalie Haslam

Off Balance Dance

Ogechi Ochiagha

One Dance UK

Patricia Campbell

Paul Golz

People Dancing

Phebe Bland

Romy Ashmore-Hills

Rosie Brownhill

Samina Beckford


Sarah McVay

Shropshire Inclusive Dance

Sophie Thorpe

SPA Events


Stefania Catarinell

Steph Sandy

Sydney Illsley

Tamar Dixon

Thomas OFlaherty

Tom Dale Company

Tori Drew

Yael Owen-McKenna

2Faced Dance

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