Farooq Chaudhry (Chair)
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Farooq Chaudhry was born in Pakistan. He graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School in 1986. As a professional dance artist he worked in a variety of dance mediums in various European countries, the highlight being his time as a company member of the Belgian modern dance company Rosas during the mid-nineties. In 1988 he received an Asian Achievement Award for his work as a dancer. He retired from dancing in 1999 after which he completed an MA in Arts Management from City University in London.
As a freelance dance manager he teamed up with Akram Khan in 1999. A year later they co-founded Akram Khan Dance Company. Farooq Chaudhry has played a key role in forming innovative business models for Akram Khan¹s artistic ambitions as well as offering creative support during the development of Akram Khan¹s projects; he is currently the company producer.
He is a project champion for Arts Council England¹s Cultural Leadership programme and Chair of Dance UK¹s Board. Recently, he was selected to be a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee for Clore Leadership Programme.
In 2008, The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged him in a list of the world¹s top hundred cultural actors and entrepreneurs.
Why Farooq supports Dance UK: "The invitation to become Dance UK's Chair took me by surprise. In my role as a producer I'm primarily pre-occupied with very specific targets and goals determined by a single artist/company's vision. With Dance UK I can take an overview of the whole ecology of dance and be involved more broadly with the collective challenges for the art form and all who participate. It's offering me fresh insights and unifies me with my colleagues in the profession. It gives me a lot strength and most importantly the opportunity to give back to an industry that has given me so much. I'm really enjoying it!"
Julian Flitter (Treasurer)
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Julian Flitter is a Partner in Goodman Jones LLP, a West End firm of chartered accountants based in Fitzroy Square. He has over 20 years of experience dealing with companies and individuals drawn from a wide range of commercial areas as well as extensive experience dealing with charities and other not-for-profit organisations.
Julian’s work has placed particular emphasis in the media, entertainment and creative services sectors. Indeed Julian is a founder committee member of the Chartered Accountants Institute’s Entertainment and Media Group helping to organise seminars and conferences as well as publishing a newsletter on topics of interest to the industry.
As well as having a keen personal interest in theatre and dance, Julian serves as advisor to a number of Dance companies and is company secretary of the charity Dancing for the Children.
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Theresa Beattie is dance specialist with thirty years dance and specialises in curating, artist development, research, organisational development, evaluation and producing.
Current clients include King’s Cultural Institute, Jerwood Choreographic Research programme, the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership and the National Dance Network. Theresa was part-time Head of Dance Programming for ROH2 at the Royal Opera House and interim Senior Creative Producer for the Royal Ballet. Recent clients include Independent Dance, the British Council, Arts Council England, Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, East London Dance, Dance Umbrella and ResCen at Middlesex University.
Theresa delivers advice sessions, workshops and 1:1 mentoring for choreographers, dancers, producers and managers. She is a Trustee of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award, board member for performance company Curious, and advisor to Independent Dance.
As Director of Artist Development at The Place she was instrumental in creating Associate Artist schemes, The Place Prize, the Choreodrome research initiative, Dance on Screen Festival and numerous mentoring and feedback schemes. Theresa was Senior Dance Strategy Adviser and Head of Dance at Arts Council England, London in 07/08 and 08/09.
Theresa established the Dance programme at the South Bank Centre, directed the inaugural Woking Dance Festival for Dance Umbrella and started the Community and Education department at Sadler’s Wells.
Justin Bickle is the Chairman of English National Ballet. He is also a managing director at investment firm Oaktree Capital Management in London, where he has worked since 2005. Before that he was a partner at US law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP where he specialised in European debt restructurings.
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Roanne Dods leads on developing the artistic programme at PAL Labs, a lab based organization that develops new work through collaborative, interdisciplinary processes. Her recent roles include, Deputy Director at the Dovecot Foundation Producer at the International Futures Forum and Research and Projects Co-ordinator for The Mindful Leadership Foundation. She has been founding Co-Director of Mission Models Money, IC: Innovative Craft, and The Work Room. She also runs her own practice supporting organizational change in a number of special organizations across the UK, including Cove Park, Dovecot Studios, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, and Dance Art Foundation.
She has designed and facilitated large group process around the Dance Strategy for Creative Scotland; cultural policy with the Tramway World Café; Talent Development for ACE/Festivals Edinburgh and Cultural Ecology for Mission Models Money (Culturing our Creativity).
Roanne was the founding Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation where she was responsible for strategic initiatives across all art forms. She was responsible for setting up Take Five with Serious Music; Rural Retreats: Ballet into the 21st Century; Member of the DCMS External Advisory Group, Vision for Museums and Galleries in the 21st Century; publishing The Producers: Alchemists of the Impossible; setting up Jerwood Visual Arts programme and the Jerwood Studio at Sadlers Wells, among other things. She has been Chair of BAC, Vice Chair of Scottish Ballet, and on the boards of Young Vic, Fuel, International Futures Forum, and Make Works.
She is particularly interested in the importance of valuing the people that make good things happen and celebrating and valuing the multiple intelligences that people work with to respond to our complex environment. She is also deeply committed to supporting the important role that artists and creative practitioners play through their work and practice to developing cultural leadership across all avenues of civic life, and creating the models – financial and organizational – that support their work.
As well as supporting the work of PAL’s Lab programme (around The Future of Storytelling; Art and Public Health; etc) she is also developing an annual international conference to celebrate and support microenterprises: Small is Beautiful starting in 2014.
She was named one of the Women to Watch by the Cultural Leadership Foundation in 2010; in 2004 was presented with an Angel Award by the International Society for the Performing Arts for ‘innovative and spectacular work across the artistic spectrum in recent years’, by Sir John Tusa. In September 2005, she was cited as No 34 in The Times The Arts Power 100.
Rachel Krische is Head of Dance at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Before taking up the position, she taught at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance for two years. A fixture on the London contemporary dance scene for 20 years before moving to Yorkshire in 2008, she has an artistically diverse and eclectic career, collaborating and performing extensively and internationally with over 20 different artists including La Ribot, Akram Khan and Wendy Houstoun to name but a few. She has been rehearsal director for several British dance companies, choreographed her own work (Jerwood Award winner 2002), been rehearsal director for several British companies, choreographed her own work, and has taught and has taught extensively. Most recently she has been touring her solo 'The Swimmer' to several prestigious and significant international festivals.
Sue Lynas is Communications Director at English National Ballet. Before taking up the post, she worked in marketing and communications for the BBC.
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Kevin O'Hare is Director of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and, through an exchange programme, Royal Danish Ballet. He joined Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) and was promoted to Principal in 1990. His repertory included all the leading classical roles and he also worked closely with a number of British choreographers including Frederick Ashton, Ninette de Valois and Kenneth MacMillan. Kevin retired from dancing in 2000 and trained in company management, becoming Director of The Royal Ballet in 2012.
In 2013, Kevin became a Dance UK trustee for the second time; the first time was when he was a dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet.
On rejoining the Board, Kevin stated:“I am delighted to be re-joining the Board of Dance UK. It is an essential organisation which champions our industry and gives the whole sector a loud, supportive voice in these uncertain financial times. Dance UK is a pioneer in the field of dancers’ health which is something that, as Director of The Royal Ballet, I firmly believe in. I am looking forward to involving The Royal Ballet in the work of Dance UK.”
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Kate Prince works as a freelance choreographer and teacher and is the director and founder of ZooNation UK Dance Company. Her work includes theatre, television, film, music video, commercials, and live events.
In May 2010 Kate became an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells and ZooNation became a Resident Company. Current productions include: the new Stephen Mear production of ‘Shoes’ at Sadlers Wells and 'Some Like It Hip Hop' the new ZooNation production. Kate is a choreographer for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ on the BBC and was one of the choreographers on the feature film 'StreetDance 3D'. In 2008 Kate directed and co-choreographed ‘Into the Hoods’ at the Novello Theatre which became both the first ever hip hop dance show to open in the West End and the longest running dance show in the West End’s history.
This was followed by revivals at the South Bank Centre in 2009 and 2010 at the Royal Festival Hall. She also choreographed the cast of ‘Into the Hoods’ for a special performance at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Party in Hyde Park. Kate was lead choreographer for the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic handover ceremonies with dancers from ZooNation, CandoCo and The Royal Opera House. Kate has also choreographed for the girl band ‘The Saturdays’ for their first two singles ‘If This Is Love’ and ‘Up!’ and their UK tour supporting ‘Girls Aloud’. Kate is a graduate of Edinburgh University with an MA in General Arts.
Why Kate supports Dance UK: "Dance UK is a fantastic organisation that represents the best interests and welfare of dancers and choreographers across the UK. I am really proud to sit on the board and to be aware of all the brilliant work that Caroline and her team are doing across the country, particularly their tenacity in approaching and lobbying political issues as well as their work on the Healthier Dancer Programme."
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Alex Reynolds was a dancer with the Cholmondeleys for over 10 years. In her career as both performer and choreographer, Alex has collaborated with some of Europe’s most exciting and innovative directors. Over the last ten years her distinctive choreography has featured in film, commercials, music videos, opera, theatre, fashion and live spectacle. She was a nominee for the Craft Award at the Women in Film and Television Awards 2002. In 2006 she choreographed the hugely successful Supernature world tour for Goldfrapp.
Recent work has included commercials for Barclays, Red Cross and promos for Little Boots, Courteeners and The Filthy Dukes. Currently working on a co-production with The South Bank Centre and the Young Vic, The Tale of The Ancient Mariner featuring 150 children, directed by Andrew Steggal with original music by Bellowhead.
Why Alex supports Dance UK: "Dancers and choreographers have, through Dance UK, a voice that addresses their issues in an intelligent and rigorous way. To put dance on the political agenda is as important today as it is with any wing of the arts. The margins have always defined the centre and protection of the arts is crucial to the enrichment of our lives. Dance UK brings together the whole dance community and, more importantly, listens. Their commitment and energy is boundless and infectious and it is my pleasure to be a part of the organisation."
Tamara Rojo is Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of English National Ballet. She trained in Madrid at the Victor Ullate School and started dancing professionally at 17 with Ballet Victor Ullate.
She received the Gold Medal and the Special Jury Prize at the 1994 Paris International Dance Competition resulting in an invitation from Galina Samsova, one of the judges, to join Scottish Ballet in 1996. A year later, she joined English National Ballet and within six months she was promoted to Principal.
She made her guest artist debut with the Royal Ballet in Giselle and following the acclaim was invited by Sir Anthony Dowell to join the company as a Principal in 2000, where she stayed until 2012.
She holds a Masters degree in Theatrical Arts and a Bachelors degree in Dance and Choreography from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid. As well as Dance UK, Tamara is on the boards of Arts Council East, the ICA, the Anglo-Spanish Society and is a Patron of the Ipswich-based DanceEast Academy and Adviser to Spain’s Superior Counsel of Artistic Studies.
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Charlotte Sexton is Vice-President of the Museum Computer Network (MCN), an international non-profit. She is responsible for the organisation’s administration and strategic direction. Formally established in 1971, MCN performs a vital function in its support of museum professionals and their use and understanding of digital technologies.
In her previous role as Head of Digital Media at the National Gallery, London she was responsible for designing digital experiences to engage physical, online and mobile audiences with the Gallery’s world-class collection. She successfully developed the National Gallery’s Digital Engagement Strategy and transformed the way the Gallery thought about digital and its central role in delivering key organisational objectives.
She is highly skilled in her field and has more than 20 years experience in the industry, 15 of those in managing complex digital projects for mobile, online and in-gallery consumption - many of these have been widely recognized and award wining.
Charlotte frequently lectures in digital media and strategy and has been a visiting professor both in the UK and internationally, she has worked independently as an Interaction and Multi-Media designer, was a Director of a .com and has been a fine art filmmaker and photographer.
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Subathra (Suba) Subramaniam is a leading contemporary South Asian choreographer in the UK, as well as a respected dancer, science teacher and education co-director of international arts-science climate change project Cape Farewell. As such she has been on several voyages to the Canadian and European Arctic.
Over more than 10 years Suba has built an international reputation both by making vibrant contemporary work which resonates with the richness of the ancient south Indian classical dance form Bharata Natyam, and by forging exciting alliances and collaborations with a range of unorthodox collaborators from musicians Talvin Singh and the MIDIval PunditZ to the poet Lemn Sissay and the neuroscientist Professor Morten Kringelbach. Increasingly her choreography draws upon her background in science.
Her new company Sadhana follows over 10 years as co-founder and artistic director of innovative British dance company Angika for 11 years till its closure in 2009. Angika was a leading British dance company, touring nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.
Suba is Associate Artist at South East Dance, Artist in Residence at The Wycombe Swan in High Wycombe, Affiliated Artist at The Merlin Theatre in Frome and was the Artist in Residence at The Environment Institute, University College London till August 2010.
She is also on the board of The Woking Dance Festival.
A trained science teacher with a Masters Degree in Education, Suba is a regular presenter for Teachers TV, and has lectured and run workshops for the British Council, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Geographical Society and many other institutions and organisations. In all her work she continues to develop ways to bring together the arts and sciences in ways that are both innovative and exhilarating.
Why Subathra supports Dance UK: "Dance UK is an incredibly important organisation for all who are involved in dance in the UK. It is instrumental in ensuring dance remains in the political and social agenda in this country and I am very excited to be involved in the work that Dance UK do."