Dance Insights
Youth dance conference
Wed 20 Nov, CAST, Doncaster

Speakers & debate panellists

Helen Goodman MP Helen Goodman MP
Helen Goodman is the MP for Bishop Auckland. Since October 2011 Helen has held the post of Shadow Minister for Media and Communications. In October 2013, her portfolio expanded to cover the creative industries, arts, galleries and museums, and heritage.Helen served in the last Government as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Work and Pensions and as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.Helen is currently a Trustee for the Auckland Castle Trust following her successful campaign to retain the Zurbarans at Auckland Castle in her constituency. Helen was previously the Chief Executive of the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries. An avid theatre-goer Helen is also a Friend of Bowes Museum in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts.Helen was first elected in 2005, and prior to becoming an MP was a senior civil servant at HM Treasury, a senior executive of two children’s charities, and Director of the Commission on the Future of Multi Ethnic Britain.
Mark Baldwin Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director, Rambert
Mark Baldwin danced with Royal New Zealand Ballet before joining Rambert (then Ballet Rambert). He performed with Rambert for ten years and used the opportunity to develop his choreographic skills.On leaving Rambert he was appointed Resident Choreographer at Sadler’s Wells, where he established the Mark Baldwin Dance Company (1993-2001). His status as a leading choreographer was affirmed with the creation of over 40 works for the Mark Baldwin Dance Company and other major dance companies including: The Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Berlin State Opera House, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet (where he was also Resident Choreographer in 1996), London City Ballet and Rambert. Mark has received numerous awards, including the Bonnie Bird Choreographic Award (1992), the 1995 Time Out Award for Dance, the South Bank Show Award for The Bird Sings With Its Fingers (2001) and in 2002, the Dance Artist Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution to Dance. In December 2002, Mark returned to Rambert as Artistic Director. His vision since then has been to commission works that encourage collaboration with other artforms. In 2010, the Company won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in recognition of the previous years’ repertoire. http://www.rambert.org.uk/about_rambert/artistic_director
Caroline Miller Caroline Miller, Director Dance UK
During her career Caroline has worked as a box office assistant, theatre marketing manager and as a publicist for major arts venues including the ICA, Royal Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells. Before joining Dance UK she was Head of Publicity for the international publishers, Phaidon Press. In 2006, after being appointed Director of Dance UK she won a fellowship from the European Union identifying outstanding female emerging cultural leaders which enabled her to undertake the first MA in Cultural Leadership at City University, London. At Dance UK Caroline has worked to transform the organisation into the lead advocacy body for the dance sector. Over the last four years Dance UK has produced the Dance Manifesto which was presented to government outlining the artistic and social successes of the British dance sector, whilst highlighting areas that needed support and development. She’s worked with politicians to establish the first All Party Parliamentary Dance Group, and in 2010 she organised the DanceVote2010 campaign, which aimed to raise the profile of dance in the run up to the general election. It resulted in 85 of the elected MPs pledging to support dance. Caroline is a board member of Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akademi and Tilted Productions. She has previously sat on the boards of essexdance (now Dance Digital) and the Live Arts Development Agency.
Linda Jasper Linda Jasper MBE, MA, Cert. Ed.
Director Youth Dance England
Linda is founder Director of Youth Dance England, setting up the first national network for children and young people’s dance and national programmes involving young people as performers, choreographers, viewers/critics and leaders. Before starting Youth Dance England she was Director of South East Dance, Senior Professional Training Tutor for the University of Surrey’s Dance Department and the first Dance Officer for Berkshire County Council.Linda has served on many Arts Council panels and committees, was Elected Chair of the Foundation for Community Dance (1992-1998) and Vice Chair of Culture South East (2005-2009). She is a member of the Programme Board: Children and Young People’s Dance and the Cultural Learning Alliance’s Steering Group.
Jan Burkhardt Jan Burkhardt, Dance and Health Consultant
Jan has 25 years of experience working in the dance sector and 8 years experience in the NHS as a Health Improvement Specialist. Jan worked as Dance Development Officer for Yorkshire Dance from 1992 delivering dance projects for people of all ages in many different settings. In 2000 Jan developed and directed DAZL (Dance Action Zone Leeds) a dance and health programme commissioned by the NHS. DAZL was recognised by the Chief Medical Officer as an innovation in public health in 2002 and won a Health Service Journal Award in 2008.Jan has worked nationally supporting Youth Dance England in developing the dance and health agenda. Most recently Jan produced a commissioning guidance document for Dancexchange funded by the Department of Health on Commissioning Dance for Health and Wellbeing; Guidance and Resources for Commissioners.
Rachel Liggitt Rachel Liggitt, Dance Artist
Rachel is a dance artist, educator and coach who has and continues to work with a wide range of individuals and organisations within cultural, education and higher education sectors throughout the UK. She specializes in facilitating exemplary dance projects from initial concept, delivery, through to final evaluation within education and community settings. She was a Dance Fellow at Leeds University for 5 years, Independent dance artist for 7 years – performer and community dance practitioner. Rachel has held dance artist in residence positions at Bretton Hall College – University of Leeds, Beaumont College, Lancaster and NHS Primary Care Trust, Hull. Rachel worked as Education and Training Coordinator at Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company for just short of 7 years managing a rich and extensive range of inclusive dance activities from weekly classes, professional training to large scale intergenerational performances.Recent work includes lead artist on VitaliSE Step Change, Hampshire Dance dance and health program, Discover Dance, a pilot initiative – a partnership between DanceXchange (dx) and Dance4 and the co-direction of SiD (Shropshire Inclusive Dance) a collective of movement artists where expertise, ideas, resources and the joy of moving together is shared. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, bursaries and research awards enabling her to pursue life-long learning in a dance career spanning over 20 years. Other passions include fine art, yoga and her volunteering work with Age UK befriending scheme and dancing with her son Ned.
Martin Wilson Martin Wilson, TIN Arts
Martin is a founder member of TIN Arts, a Durham-based social enterprise that creates, inspires, delivers and manages participatory dance, arts and culture programmes for people of all ages and abilities across the North East of England. Part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio of Organisations, TIN Arts specialises in engaging people from vulnerable backgrounds and delivers one of the largest participatory dance programmes for children, young people and adults with a learning disability across England. Martin trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance before starting TIN Arts with Tess Chaytor in 1999. Alongside overseeing the strategic and developmental growth of TIN Arts Martin has also undertaken external roles including Dance Entrepreneur for the North East (2002-2004) and Youth Dance Strategy Manager, North East (2009-11).
Gill Vickers Gillian Vickers, Arts Development, North Lincolnshire Council
Gillian Vickers studied Modern Languages at St Anne’s College Oxford and worked in publishing for National Magazines and BBC Publications before entering the theatrical profession. She worked as an actress and director, performing on national tours, the Edinburgh and London fringe and the West End. On moving to North Lincolnshire she ran her own theatre company – New Links Theatre – as a writer and director and worked for Scunthorpe Youth Theatre and CHAMP before taking up her current role as Arts Development Officer with North Lincolnshire Council in 2006.
Zoe Parker Zoe Parker, Zomadic
Zoe Parker is a choreographer, educator and performance coach. She is currently choreographing and co-producing Mermaid Gala – a dry land synchronised swimming project for Yorkshire Life Aquatic. She has taught dance with young people extensively over the past 20 years, including working with dance and disabilities, early years and further education. She also delivers offers professional training and  excited to be delivering a new piece of training on Injury prevention, as part of South Yorkshire’s ACCENT programme in January 2014. Zoe is passionate about the use of social media and regularly reviews dance for the Culture Vulture and Cloud Dance Festival. She recently wrote an article for the Foundation for Community Dance.http://zomadic.wordpress.com
Jake Orr Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre
Jake is Artistic Director and Founder of A Younger Theatre, a company and platform dedicated to supporting and nurturing young people within theatre and the arts, Under the leadership of Jake, AYT has mentored over 200 young writers in theatre criticism and journalism, and has been a partner of the Guardian. In 2014 AYT will produce Incoming Festival, for the best emerging theatre companies, co-curated by the New Diorama Theatre, London.Beyond AYT, Jake is a freelance digital producer, marketer, writer and thinker of theatre and the arts. He has worked with numerous arts organisations as a consultant and freelancer, including the British Council, Arts Council England, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He regularly speaks at conferences, lectures at drama schools and delivers workshops.
Tracy Witney Tracy Witney
Tracy is Head of Education and Community at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, responsible for the development of the contemporary dance strand of the Yorkshire Young Dancers Centre for Advanced Training and the management of the School’s Adult and Youth provision, including the Saturday classes for children. She studied dance at Leeds University, joining NSCD from Phoenix Dance Theatre where she ran the world-renowned company’s education programme. Tracy’s career also includes performance, choreographic and teaching credits.
Matthew Slater Matthew Slater
Matt began dancing at the age of 17 whilst studying A-Level performing arts. He then went on to train at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), graduating in 2005. He completed a UK tour with Verve, and went on to complete a postgraduate diploma with London Contemporary Dance Company (LCDS), touring internationally to France, Denmark, Sweden and Portugal with EDge Dance Company in work choreographed by Trisha Brown and Siobhan Davies. Upon graduating from LCDS Matt joined Yael Flexer’s Bedlam Dance Company and toured as part of her production of Doing, Done and Undone.Matt joined Retina Dance Company in 2006 for their graduate project PAGE1 and has since toured internationally to Belgium, Holland, Germany, Ireland and South Korea with the following productions: The boy who never grows old, This is not a body, Relative Danger, Antipode, La Lutte, Layers of Skin and their current touring production Corporalis. In 2010 Matt joined the staff at NSCD as the Learning & Participation Officer and is a course leader for the Centre for Advanced Training: Yorkshire Young Dancers. Matt also runs his own dance studio in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and is The Education Manager for Retina Dance Company.
Vanessa McGuire (c) Ursula Kelly Vanessa McGuire
Vanessa McGuire has worked in the arts and creative industries for 15 years, specifically driving forward and implementing strategic dance development at a regional and national level. Dance4 produces a broad range of programmes for professional artists, practitioners, local authorities, education, community sectors and venues across the East Midlands region and nationally. In addition Vanessa has become an experienced mentor and coach to graduates into the arts sector.Vanessa studied at Coventry University gaining a BA (Hons) in Arts Practice and Cultural Policy. From early in her career she has worked across platforms from creative practitioner and performer to educationalist. As her career evolved Vanessa has developed strong partnership skills and an ability to work across all sectors from health, sport, media to youth services. In 2007 her partnership work was recognised by Department for Health and received the Best Partnership Award. In 2008 Dance4 were national runners-up for Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE) for the most innovative training course and participation programme for dance and sport, working with Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire Sport.Her role at Dance4 takes a strategic lead for programme areas that fulfill the organisation’s ambitions with particular focus on developing opportunities to increase public engagement in dance and creating opportunities for Dance4 to increase the dance offer in the region.Vanessa has been instrumental in the development of children and young people’s participation in dance in the region. She is leading research into how young audiences critically engage with dance in addition to driving forward Changing Perceptions, a national research project into progression routes for young disabled dancers. Vanessa is currently co-ordinating the development of a producing model and robust audience and dance engagement programme for a middle scale dance touring circuit for the East Midlands and beyond.


Read about Dance Insights – a youth dance conference here
Wed 20 Nov 2013, Doncaster