Home » Meet the Team
Alex has been a member of the DanceXchange team since 2015 and as Head of Learning and Participation, her role is to oversee the learning and participation programmes including the Centre for Advanced Dance Training (CAT), Generate Feeder Route, Class Programme, DX Summer School, Education Work, Community Projects and U.Dance West Midlands.
Andrei-Stefan Roman, also known as Andrei or ‘Cool A’, is an artist with a Hiphop background in Breaking for the past 16 years. Having performed at various major events, such as Common Wealth Games Birmingham 2018, Sony PS4 X Star Wars launch, Breakin’ Convention and others. Andrei is also working behind the scenes building and developing the UK’s breaking community by organising workshops, classes, and platforms for UK dancers to showcase their skills on a professional level, nationally and internationally as one of the Artistic Directors of The Breaking League.
Anna Belyavin is a freelance dance artist based in Shropshire and working across the West Midlands. Anna trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and gained a degree in Dance Theatre in 2010. Anna works as a performer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator and works with children, young people, adults and older adults. Anna specialises in contemporary and creative dance and inclusive practice believing that dance is for everybody. She is currently youth dance lead for Shropshire Inclusive Dance, developing their youth offer and teaching Highflyers Youth Dance Company alongside performing for Infuse Dance.
Arunima Kumar is an award winning Kuchipudi (South Asian) dancer, teacher, choreographer with significant experience (15 years +) in working inclusively with inter-generational groups & diverse communities across skills, special needs, and abilities in South Asian art forms as well as multi disciplinary large scale collaborative projects. She is the Founder, Director of Arunima Kumar Dance Company (AKDC), Britain’s largest inclusive intergenerational Kuchipudi dance institution (5 centres in London, Poland , India ) with over 150 students from age 4- 65 years . She is also the Director for Arunima Kumar Youth Dance, focused on building and nurturing young Kuchipudi artists (50+ students). She set up the first Kuchipudi faculty at Bhavan London.
Arunima is a strong focus on Diversity & Inclusion & has performed in over 50 countries with over 2000 performances,including the London Olympics torch parade 2012, Commonwealth games, Namaste Stockholm, Sadlers Wells , Sydney Opera House, Rio Festival, Westminster Abbey for Royal Commonwealth celebrations, Wembley stadium during the honourable Indian PM visit , India Gala at Royal festival hall and was invited to choreograph and perform for Illuminating India for HRH Prince Charles trust and for Her Majesty The Queen's reception at the Buckingham Palace produced by Akademi to launch the India UK Year of Culture . She is recipient of several awards & titles including Bismillah Khan award ( India) , Global Icon award etc and was part of One Dance UK’s mentorship program under Akram Khan and Shobana Jeyasingh.
Born, raised and now living in Coventry, Ashley Jordan (known widely as AJ) is a professional dancer and performer who is now using his skills to inspire the next generation of Coventry based young people by giving them the opportunity to experience dance and movement-based activities. AJ is the director of Ascension Dance Company, the company that co-created “Sent to Coventry”. “Sent to Coventry” was a dance film made in 2017 in support Coventry’s successful bid to be City of Culture 2021. To date, “Sent to Coventry” has over 150,000 views on social media. Since then, Ascension Dance has continued to push dance/movement opportunities, hosting free workshops and creating eye-catching performances across the city. In 2020/2021, Ascension Dance become a “supported by” organisation at the Belgrade Theatre, choreographer of a outdoor duet for the Coventry City of Culture 2021 launch event and received a Arts Council England grant to tour a new work titled ‘The Other Side’ during Summer 2021. As well as directing, performance and choreographing for Ascension, AJ as a freelance artist has also been part of a number of performances created by Coventry based companies and showcased in Coventry such as HOME (Highly Sprung & Upswing Aerial, 2019) and Read All About It (Mercurial Dance, 2018).
Camilla has worked as a performer, choreographer and dance teacher for over 10 years. She has performed professionally for many Midlands-based companies at venues such as The Hippodrome, The MAC, Symphony Hall and more. Alongside performing, Camilla has taught dance and gymnastics in primary, secondary, further education, higher education and private education. Camilla was a dance and gymnastics lecturer at The University of Worcester until she decided to go back to full-time work as a freelance dance artist. Camilla has been commissioned to choreograph professional works such as the European Wheelchair Basketball opening and closing ceremonies and multiple Ballets funded by Arts Council England and Google Rise. Camilla’s most recent work was on the Beyond Borders 2021 project.
Catherine Clissett, Community Dance Artist and Dance Movement Psychotherapist, delivers the bDance in-house and outreach program for the Brewhouse Arts Centre. Catherine has a huge passion for community dance, the therapeutic power of movement and the importance of providing arts and opportunity for creativity for all. She is a dedicated advocate of inclusive, integrated dance and runs iDance, a group for young people and adults with disabilities, which she set up with the support of Brewhouse Arts Centre and East Staffordshire Borough Council 6 years ago. Currently Catherine’s work has a focus on youth dance, inclusive dance, dance for older people and dance within education. Catherine is thrilled to be one of the selected dance artists for Critical Mass and is excited to provide this incredible opportunity to inclusive groups of young dancers.
Chloe is a creative professional with a background in community dance, education and arts administration. She is passionate about the positive impact of dance and ensuring that everyone is able to access and benefit from this. Chloe trained at Middlesex University where she gained a first-class degree in Dance Studies before continuing her studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduating with a MSc Dance Science. Since this, Chloe has gone onto work across a range of dance projects; previously working within the DanceXchange Learning and Participation Team and most recently has worked within the Creative Team at DanceEast as Centre for Advanced Training Coordinator.
Clare Wood, Dancefest’s Dance Development Team Leader- Young People Clare has worked for Dancefest for 20 years devising and delivering dance projects and teaching regular classes. In her various roles at Dancefest, Clare has led work for all ages and abilities including GCSE Dance, GP referred adults, Parents and Wobblers, visually impaired and disabled participants. Clare began working in dance development as Worcestershire Dance Worker and also worked as Youth Dance Coordinator at Dancefest for Youth Dance England. Clare manages projects, performances and residencies in education and community settings. Clare has also worked as Dance Styles and Techniques module leader at the University of Worcester and Dance Worker in Residence for Malvern Theatres.
Danielle is a producer with 10 years of experience working with young people, communities and in the public realm. Previous roles have included Producer: Next Gen for Battersea Arts Centre, Apprentice Producer for The London 2012 Outdoor Arts Festival and Outdoor Arts Producer for Circulate Consortium where she spent 6 years producing outdoor performance with diverse artists and companies and developing audiences. Her broader work includes developing emerging and diverse artists through public realm, live art and outdoor work.
Jessica is a freelance performer, movement director and facilitator specialising in physical theatre, ensemble work and multidisciplinary performances. Her background is in creating collaborative, movement led, immersive experiences for non-traditional theatre spaces, such as museums, art galleries and the outdoors. Jessica is passionate about working with young people, and with her infectious energy, she aims to empower young people to create, move and build memorable experiences. She has a wealth of experience of working as a creative facilitator for Stagecoach Theatre Arts, BE NEXT, Ikon Gallery and Secret City Arts. She has been based in Birmingham since 2013 where she studied Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham and achieved First Class Honours. After completing her degree in 2016, she co-founded a performance company: LYNNEBEC with a fellow graduate and creative. Since January 2018, LYNNEBEC has received commissions and created work with organisations such as the Attenborough Arts Centre, The Lapworth Museum of Geology, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, The Loco Klub (Invisible Circus), Tramshed, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Throughout her life, Jessica has always been connected to dance whether that be through performing, teaching or creating and believes that there is nothing that a good boogie can’t solve.
Kashmire has been part of the Birmingham 2022 Culture Team, as its Administrator since August 2020 and is also one of 27 Business Admin Apprentices on the Organising Committee. He combines his work with development and sees this as a strength, in both opening his eyes to the Cultural world and making his work as strong as possible. Outside of work, he sits on the West Midlands Young Combined Authority, which aims to amplify the voices of young people aged 16-25 across the region and unashamedly uses his Autism as a strength, in seeking to give further opportunity for disabled people, which is what Critical Mass seeks to achieve.
Raidene is a theatre producer and combined arts programmer with 18 years’ experience of work rooted in young people’s arts and participation, artist development and community arts. Previous roles include Executive Director/Joint CEO for Theatre Centre, Head of Creative Programmes for the Albany, Deptford, and Associate Producer for Birmingham REP where she spent 4 years creating a series of outdoor and site-specific theatrical events with artists from a range of diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Raidene was an inaugural MOBO/London Theatre Consortium Fellow in 2016 and actively contributes her time and expertise as a trustee for National Theatre Wales and The Paper Birds Theatre Co. and as a board member and critical friend for performance artist, Mem Morrison.
Romy recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA (Hons) in Drama, which focused on physical theatre and movement performance. She is constantly creating and training in different styles of theatre, including physical theatre, mask theatre and clowning. Alongside this, in her spare time, Romy runs her own handmade jewellery business (Where Romy Roams) selling at local markets and online. Romy has always enjoyed dance from a young age, and she is passionate about the role of dance in creating a sense of community and increasing mental health. You’ll find her in a few of the dance classes at DanceXchange, trying out new styles each week.
Romanah is a creative entrepreneur, owner of multiple businesses, choreographer, dancer, author, and teacher. She is most passionate about using her experience in arts, education and entrepreneurship to inspire and lead the next generation. Romanah immediately fell in love with the arts when her mum enrolled her into a dance class at age 5. Her love for dance led her to pursue a professional career within the arts as a dance artist, choreographer and artistic director. Since Romanah has gone on to become the co-founder of Multi-Award Winning ‘Eloquent Praise & Empowerment Dance Company' alongside her mother which was founded in 2014. The company has since gone from strength-to-strength training over 100 students from the West Midlands region gaining many prolific awards and competing on both a national and international scale. Romanah’s style is a unique fusion of modern jazz, contemporary and hip hop.
Sara Macqueen is a contemporary dance performer, choreographer and teacher. After graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a First Class Honours, she performed around the UK and Europe with companies such as SEH, M Dance Company, Earthfall and is currently a company dancer for ME Dance Company and Sterran Dance Theatre. Sara has choreographed and performed at Agitart Festival (Barcelona), Birmingham Weekender and Birmingham International Dance Festival. In 2020 she co-founded Linden Dance Company with Christopher Radford, focusing on positive mental and physical wellbeing in professional and youth contexts. To date, Linden Dance company has been funded by Arts Connect, HomeGrown31 and Arts Council for performance practices, continued research and youth engagement programmes, including their youth company Linden Youth. Between 2018-2020 she coordinated and delivered DanceXchange Schools Program and is the Lead Artist for Dance Generation, DanceXchange CAT program. She works as a freelance teacher for other schools and settings in the Midlands, including DanceXchange, Autin Dance Theatre, Sense Charity, Nicholson School of Dance and Mercurial Dance.
Tara is a Creative Producer who has been working in and around the arts and cultural sector for the past 10 years. Previous roles include Creative Producer for The Spark Arts for Children where she led ‘Vital Spark’ – a movement addressing the lacking diversity in the Performance for Young Audiences sector, and Tour Manager for East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (EMCCAN) where she managed two strategic touring projects taking mid to large scale Caribbean Carnival workshops and performances to rural areas and seaside towns across the UK. In 2017, Tara was awarded a place on the Extend Cultural Leadership Programme where she undertook a 12-month research project around the impact of unconscious bias on the Arts and Cultural sector. She currently supports Bedford Creative Arts as a Trustee, and Baby People (music and arts development organisation) as an Advisory Board Member.
Midlands-based freelance Dance Artist, Movement Director and Facilitator with a multi-disciplinary background. Highly skilled dancer, performer and aerial artist with extensive touring experience on international stages, festivals and venues across Spain, France, Malta, Greece, Italy, UK, Tunisia, USA, India, and more, as well as an independent dance maker and author investigating social, cultural and humanistic topics. As a dance artist and practitioner, I use dance as a catalyst for wellbeing, good mental health and community cohesion, rooted in a desire for inclusion, sustainability and accessibility through delivering high-quality work. I truly believe in the importance of empowering people through creativity to produce a positive global change, providing hope and equal opportunities, starting by nurturing the growth of the younger generations.
Zoie Golding is an Artistic director, Producer and Choreographer with 21 years of extensive experience in the events and dance sector across the UK and worldwide. She is the founder and Artistic Director of FuzzyLogic Youth Dance Company and ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, both nationally recognised for challenging the perceptions of dance, who its for, and how its shown. She specialises in bringing people together for exceptional and innovative dance experiences, and reaching those least likely to take part in the arts, with a focus on men and dance. Zoie’s artistic practice is about taking risks, breaking down barriers and communicating ideas clearly and boldly. She is passionately committed to creating significant social change through dance. Zoie is proud to be Associate Artist at Mayflower Theatre, Discover Artist at Pavilion Dance South West, an Honorary Fellow of University of Winchester, and Resident Company at MAST.
You can update your preferences at any time by clicking on the icons at the bottom of this page.
Mandatory – can not be deselected. Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.