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Helen Kumar
Engagement Coordinator
Helen found the love of dance and performing arts at a young age (a real drama queen some might say).  She gained a BTEC in performing arts and then a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre.  From there Helen worked in an arts centre teaching both dance and drama and performed as an actress in a Theatre Company and as a Dancer in a Contemporary Dance Company for a year.  For 10 years Helen worked as Dance Development Officer at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, leading dance classes for all ages, programming dance companies, organising festivals (and dressing as a boy each year in the professional panto).  She then fell in love with a North East guy and fell in love with North East! Helen has worked at Dance City since 2013 and enjoys sharing her passion for dance,  loves her growing family and still loves watching ‘Friends’. helen.kumar@dancecity.co.uk
Hannah Moreno
Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Manager
Hannah Moreno graduated with a BA Hons in Dance Choreography from Northumbria University in 2009. She then went on to be a member of the graduate company MapDance at Chichester University graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance in 2010. Alongside her role as CAT Manager, Hannah also co-produces a dance platform FRESH based at Dance City and other venues in the North as part of Moving Art Management with Rachel Jean Birch.  
Alex Anslow
Producer
Alex Anslow worked at Dance City as Executive Assistant and Programme Coordinator prior to being appointed Producer in 2021. Alex’s role is to support, develop and implement high quality theatre programming opportunities for professional dance artists and other related forms for Dance City. Alex advocates for, supports and champions Dance and Dance Artists working and living in the North East of England. She supports and develops the professional artists support programme, including the performance programme in Dance City and beyond. Alongside working at Dance City Alex works as a freelance Event Manager at arts festivals across the region including Festival of Thrift and Lumiere Durham. Alex graduated from York University with a BA Hons in History of Art and is a Postgraduate of Northumbria University with a Masters in Cultural Event and Conference Management. alex.anslow@dancecity.co.uk
Ally Robson
Board Member
Ally Robson is a Strategy Manager at global consulting company Accenture. His career has primarily focussed on supporting public sector organisations through service transformation and workforce utilisation initiatives. As a passionate supporter of the arts, Ally has joined the board at Dance City to help achieve it's vision for a thriving dance ecology in the region. Originally from Kent, Ally has lived in the North East since attending Newcastle University in 2000, where he studied for both an MA in Creative Writing and an Executive MBA.  As well as being a board member of Dance City, Ally is Vice-Chair of Convocation at Newcastle University. After moving around the region, Ally now lives in Northumberland with his wife Lucy and their young son Harry.
Ann Cooper
Board Member
"Being an attendee of Dance City as a teenager, I know what a difference it can make to an individual. Many of the decisions I have made about my career have been influenced by my early experiences at Dance City and the people I met. I’m inspired by being part of a Board that has such as strong ambition, seeking a long-term legacy for dance in the region. With more than 20 years of experience in Communications and Marketing, I bring a hands-on approach to the board, offering practical help and support in this field." Ann is a past pupil of Dance City and a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School. After a little dance teaching and performing she joined London based PR company LD Communications where over ten years she looked after national and international media campaigns for music and entertainment events, award ceremonies and artists. She moved into Arts Marketing and Communications in 2005,  as a theatre Marketing Manager before returning to her home region in 2007 to work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, where she became Head of Communications. In 2015 Ann moved to The Auckland Project, an arts and cultural regeneration project in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. The project is centred on the multi-million pound conservation of Auckland Castle and the creation of galleries, museums, restaurants and a hotel in around the Castle and the historic Market Place. Ann is currently the Interim Director of Marketing and Communications.
Roshan Israni
Board Member
A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Roshan Israni has over 27 years’ experience in Human Resources and Organisational Development in the public, not for profit and private sectors in UK and India. Born in India, Roshan is a Chemistry graduate and a MBA from Mumbai university and in 1995 moved to the UK  where she has held a number of senior management positions in local government, the NHS, the probation service and most recently in the higher education sector where she currently is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association. Her experience includes leading on employee relations matters, national pay bargaining, significant organisational cultural transformation and restructuring programmes. She is passionate about employee engagement and as Director of People Management and OD led the Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company to achieve success as a top 10 employer of choice company and gain Investors in People gold and champion status.
Sharon Paterson
Chair
Sharon is Associate Director Culture and Engagement at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and Teesside University. As well as acting as Vice Chair of the Dance City Board, Sharon is a member of a number of cultural sector boards including Chair of Board of Trustees for Theatre Hullabaloo; Chair of the Creative Darlington Board; Chair of the Festival of Thrift Steering Group and member of Tees Valley Combined Authority Culture Thematic Group. Sharon is a member of the North East Cultural Partnership (NECP) Board and works as part of the partnership’s Case for Culture Steering Group, acting as Chair for the Talent and Progression Working Group. She represents Teesside University at the NECP Universities’ sub-group and is the Teesside University lead for the Creative Fuse North East project. Prior to taking up post at Teesside, Sharon was Head of Performing Arts at Northumbria University managing a portfolio of programmes at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level in Drama, Performance, Dance and Music. Sharon has a background in professional theatre where she worked as an actor, facilitator and theatre designer, working with companies including Live Theatre Company, The Tricycle Theatre, Oily Cart, The Unicorn Children’s Theatre, Northumberland Theatre Company, Pentabus and Tyne Wear Theatre in Education Company. She has acted in an advisory capacity for a number of professional companies including Northern Stage, Theatre Cap A Pie, Open Clasp, The Maltings Berwick, and South Hill Park Arts Centre. Sharon has a particular research interest in the use of theatre in leadership development and has presented work that uses theatre as a metaphor for organisational performance in national and international forums such as the Institute of Advanced Management in Brussels, the Egos International Conference in Lyon and the British Management Association.
Kiz Crosbie
Kiz Crosbie
Board Member
Kiz Crosbie is a passionate advocate for using the arts to build personal connections and improve the lives and aspirations of individuals and communities. She was inspired by Dance City’s vision and ambition to lead the development of a dynamic dance ecology in the region and proud to join the Board to help the company achieve this. Kiz is the founder and Artistic Director of Mortal Fools, an award winning North-East theatre and creative learning company. She trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked as a Director and Producer across the UK for companies including Royal Shakespeare Company, Live Theatre, Maverick Television and Shakespeare Schools Festival, specialising in work by and for children and young people. Her family roots are in the North East and having lived away for most of her life, Kiz returned to live in Northumberland in 2011 with her husband and daughter.
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Adam Dutton
BA and MA Coordinator
Adam has recently moved back to the north after working and living in London for the past 14 years. Adam trained at Arts Educational Schools, London. Upon graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) he spent over ten years working on the stage in the West end, UK Tours and in regional theatre. A few of Adam’s credits include Showboat, Anything Goes, Oliver, and My Fair Lady. He is extremely passionate about the performing arts industry and would like to use his knowledge and experience to help and guide other aspiring performers achieve their full potential.
Lissie Connor
Lissie Connor
Dance Engagement Coordinator
Lissie Connor is a Producer, Coordinator and Dance facilitator based in the North east. With over 10 years experience, Lissie began her career as a performer after completing her training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Following a natural development into dance management, Lissie returned to her northern roots working with many exciting emerging artist in the North East. Specialising in Dance Theatre, and outdoor production Lissie has worked on major cultural events including Lumiere Durham, Freedom City & Juice Festival. Lissie also delivers Dance & Pilates, specialising in young people and 55+ age groups.
Jess Avery
Jess Avery
Trainee Technician
Jess Avery graduated with a BA (hons) in Fine Art at Sunderland University in 2019. Her time at university really helped to develop her creativity and be able to harness it and apply it to different areas of her life. Joining the Dance City team as a Technical Apprentice is her first step into the creative industries and she is excited to be surrounded by the creative atmosphere of Dance City. When not at Dance City, Jess can be found painting, playing rugby, or playing videogames.
David Lloyd
David Lloyd
Associate Artist, MA Advanced Dance Performance
David graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2006 and immediately commenced a successful performing career. David moved to London in 2008, working with Luca Silvestrini, Gary Clarke, Mad Dogs, Neon, Barebones and Jasmin Vardimon over the next few years. Film and TV credits include BBC’s Atlantic series 1 playing the role of Nereus and Paramount Pictures World War Z. David started Mischief Company in 2014 with Natascha Metherell, a director working with Terry Gilliam. Mischief Company has produced and toured a number of works and grown to a Company of 14. David became Course Leader for JV2, Jasmin Vardimon Company’s Professional Development Diploma in 2017. “I’m so excited to be taking the role of MA course leader. I want to build a course to nurture talented individuals to push them beyond their limits and create employable performers and dance artists ready for the tough industry ahead. I want to create a course that builds both individual qualities and also brings them into a professional company. Giving them a vast knowledge of skills, business minds and professional expectations to develop a new strong company to push boundaries in the dance sector. I look forward to getting started!”
Kiran Kumar
Kiran Kumar
Centre for Advanced Training Coordinator
Kiran graduated from Dance City in 2017 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance Professional Practice. Kiran has worked in the North-East ever since in various capacities, including teaching for various schools and public classes, working with SEN students and choreographing works for performance. Kiran has also performed nationally in many works, including Vanessa Grasse’s MESH and has most recently worked with North-East contemporary dance company Fertile Ground on their Twilight Dances tour. Kiran now works at Dance City in both CAT administration and ticket office teams. 'I am delighted to be joining the CAT team and am looking forward to supporting new and current students to achieve their full potential. Dance City is a fabulous place to be and I feel very lucky to be here in such a wonderful capacity.'
Rebecca Gregson
Rebecca Gregson
Classes & Events Coordinator
Rebecca comes from an events management background in live music and arts and culture. She recently produced local emerging music festival Tipping Point Live in 2019, and runs regular events as Newcastle City Leader of secret live music behemoth Sofar Sounds. Rebecca is a singer and multi-instrumentalist performing under the moniker Feral Pet, and has performed solo and in bands nationally and internationally. Her love for dance has grown expansively since joining the Dance City team in 2016, and she loves taking part in classes such as Salsa, Street and Hip Hop Reggaeton.   “Dance City is a unique vibrant creative community, with an unconditionally welcoming atmosphere. Since joining the Dance City family I have fallen in love with dance, and witnessed the pure joy it can bring to people’s lives. I can’t wait to see how we can develop our increasingly popular classes and workshops program, and continue to support the incredible professional dance artist network in the North East. Dance City holds a unique place in the region’s arts and culture landscape, and I’m thrilled to be part of that.”
Geoff Hopson
Geoff Hopson
BA Interim Programme Leader and Head of Year 3
Geoff trained at the Laban Centre gaining a degree in Dance Theatre, and has since worked as a dancer, choreographer and educator. Performance credits include: Transitions Dance Company, David Massingham Dance, Second Nature, balletLORENT and TDI performance and Repertoire Company. Through a dance commission programme with both Transitions and TDI he has worked with choreographers Liv Lorent, Richard Alston, Aletta Collin, Rui Horta, Mark Murphy, Della Davidson, Charlotte Vincent, Colin Poole, Ben Wright and Vertigo Dance Company. He has also co-run his own project based dance company Jointworks, developing an interest in film and media work. Geoff has a MA in Dance Professional Practice from Teesside University.  
Beth Veitch
Beth Veitch
Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Administrator
Beth has a long history with Dance City, first engaging with the organisation as a young public class attender, to training on the Foundation Training Programme (FTP), BTEC and graduating in 2018 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance Professional Practice. She has also been a teacher for Dance City, both in-house and beyond with the engagement team and continues to work as an usher and Ticket Office Assistant. She graduated from the University of Chichester in 2019 with an MA in Dance Performance with Distinction, where she toured across the UK and internationally with Mapdance. More recently, she has worked and performed with Kiran Kumar, SBB Dance, Fertile Ground, Sián Hutchings (moving image work) and continues to develop her artistic practice alongside teaching across the region. She also writes and reviews, having recently reviewed MESA Festival and has been mentored by Graham Watts and Sanjoy Roy whilst reviewing Resolution Festival 2019. She is excited to be joining the CAT team to work as part of a programme designed to develop the next generation of young talent across the region.
Philippa McArdle
HR Coordinator
Philippa is a HR Professional with over 7 years experience working in Arts and Culture, the majority of that time spent specifically in Performing Arts. Philippa is CIPD qualified in Human Resource Practice and has a Masters in Arts, Business and Creativity from Newcastle University. She is a passionate, creative individual and originally studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds Arts University, graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) degree and spending some time working as a Freelance Designer. In her spare time Philippa still enjoys her creative illustration practice. Philippa is eager to continue to build her career within Arts and Culture; using her knowledge and experience to support and facilitate the work at Dance City. She enjoys classic, modern and contemporary theatre, going to see musicals and is enthusiastic to become better acquainted with different dance genres. Philippa plans to try out as many different classes as possible at Dance City and is particularly excited to try tap dance!
Gillie Kleiman
BA & MA Programme Leader (Job Share)
Dr Gillie Kleiman is an artist. Her work starts from interests in dance and choreography and manifests in performances, texts, events, and pedagogical activities. Her work takes place in the fields of dance and live art and sometimes in related disciplines. Her work has been presented at, amongst others, Fierce Festival, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Dance Umbrella, Sadler's Wells, and Nottdance. Alongside her work as the joint BA & MA Programme Leader at Dance City, Gillie's current work encompasses lecturing in UK and European universities, mentoring a group of artists in Cork, Ireland, running workshops on redistributive structures for CEOs of arts organisations, leading the Fat Performance Network, acting as a Trustee at People Dancing, and creating a work for non-professional performers to present in their homes for audiences of their friends.
Erin Hughes
Training Academy Communications Assistant

Erin has been involved with Dance City since the age of thirteen, firstly as a student on the CAT programme. At eighteen, she moved to London and began her formal training at Trinity Laban and achieved a First Class Honours degree in 2019. In order to further her training, she then moved back to the North-East to join the first cohort of Dance City’s MA company ‘The Collective’. Working with industry professionals including David Lloyd, Lost Dog and Gecko Theatre, she gained valuable industry experience and opportunities.

Alongside her role with the Communications team, Erin is actively applying for auditions and is in the process of creating her own works, alongside friends and fellow creatives Lily Dooks and Maria Giacchetto.

Aside from dancing, Erin is a keen writer and posts monthly on her arts blog Artistic Wanderers. She has also been  published in the Independent in August 2020, with an article highlighting the detrimental effects that the pandemic has had on the dance industry.

She is thrilled to be a part of the Dance City team and looks forward to working with the fantastic people involved with the organisation.

 
Giulia Coti Zelati
BA & MA Administrator
Originally from Italy, Giulia is a dance artist and film-maker based in the North of England. She completed a BA (Hons) at London Contemporary Dance School as well as her MA, for which she toured the UK with balletLORENT. Some of her performing highlights also include Sweetshop Revolution, Fertile Ground Dance Company, Exit 12 Dance Company and Lizzie J Klotz. Giulia is also the co-creator of Tiny Dances, a local dance film-making project, and the creator of online ballet studio Giulia’s Home Ballet. Giulia has taught ballet and contemporary in the UK and internationally, and she is also an international teacher with MindLeaps, an NPO that creates educational paths for the most vulnerable children in the world through a creative arts program that is built on data-driven metrics. With MindLeaps she has traveled to and taught in NYC and Guinea, West Africa.
Giulia is very passionate about dance education, and is excited to use her knowledge and experience to support the next generation of dance artists in their training.
Cora Herbert
Communications Assistant
Cora is a recent graduate of Newcastle University with a BA History and Politics. She is originally from North Yorkshire but moved to Newcastle to study and has decided to stay in this wonderful city. Cora has enjoyed dance as a hobby from a young age and has practiced and competed with the Newcastle University Dance Club. Cora has a passion for writing and content creation and is looking forward to starting her professional career at Dance City.
Tessa Petrides
Board Member
Tessa Petrides is a commercial property lawyer with leading Northern firm, Ward Hadaway. Tessa works closely with her clients to understand their business objectives and to help them to achieve their aims with regards to their commercial property requirements, guiding them through the complexities of the legal system in a friendly and personable manner. The legal work Tessa undertakes has helped clients to open bars and restaurants, erect wind turbines, and acquire and sell a multitude of types of property from industrial warehouses to care homes. Tessa was primarily raised north of the border in Dumfries, then lived in Edinburgh for 10 years, during which time she qualified and practised as a solicitor in Scotland before gaining her dual qualification status to practise in England and Wales. She relocated to the North East in 2014 and now lives in Northumberland with her husband and young family. Throughout her childhood and adult life, Tessa has had a passion for dance as an art form, attending classes, participating in shows and enjoying the thrill of attending live performances as an audience member. Tessa whole-heartedly believes in the positive contribution that dance can make to the individual and to society, and is delighted to join the board of Dance City.
Anthony ‘Hope’
Board Member
Hope is a Senior Creative Learning Manager for the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) based at the Sunderland Empire. Hope has over 8 years’ experience working in theatre-based learning participation, specialising in inclusivity and audience development. Hope has a great passion and investment in the local communities within the North East that is fuelled by an ethos that everyone deserves, and has the right, to access culture. This informs his commitment in supporting the development of Creative Learning and participation across the wider North East region. In addition, working on behalf of ATG to drive group-wide strategic initiatives including development; working closely with local and national funding bodies, as well as taking a leading role in ATG’s commitment to schools and audience development through its 38 UK theatres in partnership with producers such as National Theatre, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hope studied Theatre Studies, specialising in Contemporary Dance at Lancaster University before moving back to Sunderland to develop his practice as a community dance and drama practitioner. During his time at ATG he has developed a passion for inclusivity gaining national interest as well as winning a number of local and national awards including the National Autism Professional Award in the alternative education category and more recently the Action for Children’s Arts Award for the impact their inclusive offer has on the lives of children & young people. Hope is a passionate advocate for young people and their entitlement to culture and performing arts, and serves as a Governor at Beacon of Light school.
James Hails
Board Member
Having worked in marketing and communications in film and TV, theatre and dance for six years in his native Newcastle, James moved to London and joined the charitable sector in 2011. With vast experience in brokering, developing, and delivering strategic and commercial relationships, James has worked as Head of Corporate Partnerships at British Heart Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society and Stroke Association. He is currently Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy at Independent Age where he oversees the Corporate Partnerships, Trusts and Foundations, and Major Donor functions. James has raised more than £35m for charity in the last ten years and has worked in partnership with such recognisable brands as HSBC, Tesco, Royal Mail, Legal and General, Iceland, Bayer Healthcare, and David Lloyd Leisure. James has a master’s degree in journalism and a degree in English and History. He is a trained Mental Health First Aider, a mentor, and a judge on the annual Corporate Engagement Awards.
Kenneth Tindall
Board Member
Kenneth Tindall is a freelance choreographer and Artistic Director of Digital and Resident Choreographer for Northern Ballet. A former principal dancer, his first full length ballet 'Casanova' received much critical acclaim and standing ovations throughout its 2017 tour of the U.K, including a sell-out week at Sadler’s Wells. The popularity of the show led to its filming and broadcast on Sky Arts. With his first professional commission Kenneth won the Production Prize at the 26th International Choreographic Competition in Hanover. He has gone on to choreograph nationally and internationally, working with established artists and creatives such as Linder Sterling, Christopher Oram, Alexandra Harwood and Ian Kelly. He has been nominated for several high profile awards including Best Classical Choreographer and Emerging Artist at the National Dance Awards and became the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in a new Dance Production at the Broadway World UK Awards 2017. Kenneth was nominated for the 'Best Classical Choreography' at the National Dance Awards for the second time in his career in 2018 and won the Audience Award at 2019 Genesis Choreographic competition for Milwaukee ballet. In 2020 he was a guest judge at English National Ballet’s Emerging dancer competition alongside fellow judges Tamara Rojo, Natalia Osipova, Edward Watson, Kerry Nicholls & Matthew Hart. Kenneth enjoys a continued relationship with the BBC working on their young dancer television series as judge, mentor and choreographer and also the BBC’s Dance Passions projects. Kenneth has a double nomination at this year Critics Circle National dance awards for ‘Best Classical Choreography’ for his full length ballet Geisha and his one act ballet The Shape of Sound. Kenneth was selected to take part in the 2014/15 Dance UK, Future Arts Cultural Leaders Mentoring programme and was a member of the Artistic and Steering Committee for the Leeds 2023 bid, towards European Capital of Culture. Whilst 2020 put a stop to his UK tour of Geisha it has seen his digital work receive international recognition with his multi award winning dance film EGO. Be it Choreographer, Director, Producer or Creative Director Kenneth now has a catalogue of over 30 works.
Chloe Stott
Ticket Office Manager
Chloe moved from the North West in order to expand her knowledge and experience of arts venues, after studying BA Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds. Chloe has tried just about every class that Dance City has to offer. From Musical Theatre, to Belly Dance to Ballet she has enjoyed the lot. Her favourite by far though has to be Afro Mix and one year she even appeared as a participant in the end of term show with this class! She thinks the best thing about working at Dance City is being in such a busy, vibrant and creative environment, there are always things going on! Chloe likes to spend her spare time going to the theatre, and has a particular soft spot for fringe venue and charity Alphabetti Theatre, where she has volunteered her time. She is also part of the Tigers Netball Club and loves to train weekly and play in the Tyne and Wear Netball League! chloe.stott@dancecity.co.uk  
Anand Bhatt
Anand Bhatt
Artistic Director & CEO
Anand Bhatt is a dance enthusiast and producer from Leicester . With an interest in all things Michael Jackson and Bollywood, he stumbled upon contemporary dance in 2007 when he was dancing in a Kathak show along with dancer Aakash Odedra. As Aakash and Anand found their creative talks and dreams aligned, the clearer it also became the Anand was not in fact a dancer. He started to help out Aakash with his shows, and ended up as his producer. Instantly falling in love with contemporary dance but not having seen much of it, Anand has remained focussed on gathering experience and skills by intensively supporting Aakash. Their first project ‘Rising’ featured commissions by Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant. Aakash went on to be one of the most globally toured cotemporary dancers living in Britain in the 2010s. Anand toured into the UK the works of artist’s including Lali Ayguade, Marcos Morau and Aditi Mangaldas; and worked with Aakash on projects collaborating with Damien Jalet (Inked), Ars Electronica Futurelab & Lewis Major (Murmur) and Shubha Mudgal (Echoes). Anand’s vision is to work with dance as a language without words to build better understanding amongst communities and share culture across the world. Commercially Anand ran a studio space in Leicester, and his resident Bollywood dance school Desi Masti was a force for South Asian dance in the Midlands. In 2014, Anand closed Desi Masti (as Aakash’s work was getting too busy) and partnered with– ‘Shiamak’ the world leader in Bollywood Dance. Anand was artistic director of MJ Timeless, a summer residency show at Blackpool ‘s Globe Theatre which featured an international award winning cast and the show was ravely reviewed. At Dance City Anand became Artistic Director and Chief Executive in 2020. Anand hopes to be a servant of dance to the communities in the region. Outside of dance Anand is trying to learn Spanish (all help is appreciated), and is the most basic amateur gardener.
Ian McKeown
Finance & Operations Director
Ian Joined Dance City in May 1993 after 15 years working in audit and financial services.  Within weeks of starting he worked alongside the artistic director to develop a plan to move Dance City to new premises. This took some 10 years, the benefits of which can be seen today in the current home of Dance City.  During the same period Ian set out a financial plan that would secure the organisation for many years to come.  After a number of changes with Artistic Directors Ian was appointed CEO and upon the appointment of Anthony the role was jointly split.  With such a long service at Dance City Ian has many a tale to tell about the journey the company has taken over its 23 years. Away from the office Ian has been involved in talent spotting and coaching a number of footballers some of who have reached professional and international level, and is also a keen but not so good golfer. ian.mckeown@dancecity.co.uk
Phil Douglas
Director of Artistic Programmes & Artist Development
Phil has worked in the Arts & Culture sector across the North East since 2007. During this time, he has undertaken a variety of freelance roles focused around Arts and Cultural Development, Diversity, Marketing and Participation working with organisations including Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Hullabaloo, Dance City, Gateshead Council, Middlesbrough Council and Hartlepool Borough Council. He has also worked in the private sector managing an LGBTQ magazine, social events and a bar & nightclub complex for a number of years before focusing on Arts & Festivals Producing. Prior to his current role as Creative Producer at Dance City, Phil managed a portfolio of freelance arts producing projects within Dance, Outdoor Arts, and Queer Arts sectors, including the award winning Curious Arts Festival.  
Caroline Greener
Head of Communications
Caroline started specialising in audience development for the arts and cultural sector in 2005 as Marketing Manager for Audiences North East. She has since worked with over 130 arts and cultural organisations, supporting them to understand, reach and grow audiences through marketing, research, strategy and training. Caroline joined the Dance City team in July 2016. She shares the rest of the team’s passion for increasing attendance and participation in dance, and seeing the positive change it can bring to people’s lives. caroline.greener@dancecity.co.uk
Cheryl Batey
Cheryl Baty
Dance Engagement Coordinator
Cheryl Baty is Dance City’s Dance Engagement Coordinator, responsible for connecting Schools, Children and Young People to artists, performances and opportunities. Cheryl works alongside partners to create bespoke projects and educational outreach programs allowing exciting and enriching experiences. With over 12 years’ experience in dance in education Cheryl started her career as a Secondary School teacher at Whickham School and Sports College and as the Dance Link Teacher for the Gateshead Schools Sports Partnership. As well as her role at Dance City, Cheryl is the Managing Director of her dance company Creative Dance North East.

Board Members:

Kiz Crosbie
Board Member
Tessa Petrides
Board Member
Anthony ‘Hope’
Board Member
James Hails
Board Member
Kenneth Tindall
Board Member
Sharon Paterson
Chair
Roshan Israni
Board Member
Ann Cooper
Board Member
Ally Robson
Board Member

Staff:

Cheryl Baty
Dance Engagement Coordinator
Phil Douglas
Director of Artistic Programmes & Artist Development
Adam Dutton
BA and MA Coordinator
Lissie Connor
Dance Engagement Coordinator
Jess Avery
Trainee Technician
David Lloyd
Associate Artist, MA Advanced Dance Performance
Kiran Kumar
Centre for Advanced Training Coordinator
Rebecca Gregson
Classes & Events Coordinator
Anand Bhatt
Artistic Director & CEO
Geoff Hopson
BA Interim Programme Leader and Head of Year 3
Beth Veitch
Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Administrator
Philippa McArdle
HR Coordinator
Gillie Kleiman
BA & MA Programme Leader (Job Share)
Erin Hughes
Training Academy Communications Assistant
Giulia Coti Zelati
BA & MA Administrator
Cora Herbert
Communications Assistant
Ian McKeown
Finance & Operations Director
Alex Anslow
Producer
Helen Kumar
Engagement Coordinator
Caroline Greener
Head of Communications
Chloe Stott
Ticket Office Manager
Hannah Moreno
Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Manager
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