Louise Katerega is a versatile contributor to the British dance scene, who has enjoyed a broad portfolio career as performer, teacher, choreographer, mentor and consultant in both professional and participatory contexts, often combining the two. She has worked nationally and internationally in the development of dance involving disabled people for 25 years, often at the cutting edge of change in the profession.
Her company, Foot in Hand, made history in 2006 as one of the first involving dancers with physical impairments to compete in the prestigious Place Prize, sponsored by Bloomberg. They also performed in the opening ceremony of the 2009 Special Olympics hosted by her home city of Leicester. Louise then went on to complete 4 commissioned works for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad with elders and young people in Plymouth, Leicester’s rich array of culturally diverse and disabled dance groups to welcome the Olympic and Paralympic torches to Leicester and as part of the creative team for, ‘Breathe’ the epic, outdoor, opening ceremony of the 2012 sailing events in Weymouth.
She is now Creative Producer for Change at People Dancing: the UKs flagship organisation for community dance, a strategic and communications role focussed on equity, equality, diversity and inclusion. She serves on the boards of Phoenix Dance Theatre, ArtReach, NeSSIE, a children’s mental health charity and ASSITEJ UK, an international organisation specialising in performance for young people.
Louise studied at London Contemporary Dance School, Coventry University (Performing Arts) holds a first-class degree in Film and Literature from the University of Warwick and trained as a life coach.