Our facilitators have extensive experience of working with young people and adults with learning difficulties as well as having highly successful careers as professional dancers, choreographers and teachers. Our team of dance professionals, musicians and volunteers have been key to the popularity and success of Magpie Dance.
Heather moved to London at the age of 18 after being accepted on the BA (Hons) Ballet Education degree at the Royal Academy of Dance, which she completed in 2017. In her second year she completed her community dance-teaching placement with Magpie Dance and joined as a volunteer afterwards. In her third year she completed her sector-specific full year teaching placement with Magpie Dance working with the Senior Youth Group on Saturdays as well as the technique class.
Alongside working with Magpie Dance, Heather also is a freelance ballet teacher, who holds registered teacher status with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Lydia completed her BA (hons) degree at Surrey University studying Dance and Culture in 2012. Immediately after, Lydia joined Mapdance Company at Chichester University for a year where she collaborated with choreographers, Yael Flexer, Ty Boomershine, Gary Clarke and Jorge Crecis and Charlie Morrissey, toured the UK and finished her Masters degree in Dance Performance.
Since moving to London in 2014, Lydia has been working as a freelance dance practitioner teaching contemporary and street dance with companies such as Greenwich Dance, Teachsport and Inspired Through Sport. She also teaches Barre at a Pilates studio in central London and works once a week with adults over 60 with dementia to improve mobility.
Lydia started to volunteer with Magpie Dance at the adult community class and since then completed her trainee assistant training. She loves being apart of the Magpie team.
Sian is a freelance inclusive dance, drama and music facilitator. Sian’s interest in the inclusive Arts started when she volunteered 25 years ago with Chicken Shed Theatre Company, the experience she gained there was invaluable, and started her path towards her career.
Sian leads a community dance and music session for Mencap and thoroughly enjoys creating movement using different music styles. Sian is passionate that dance and drama should be inclusive and that children and adults of all abilities are given an opportunity to express themselves through The Arts. In December 2016 Sian completed her IDPT training with Magpie Dance, with a distinction, she is extremely excited to be working with the children in Magpie Dance and being part of the team.
Amy is a professional performer, choreographer, creative director and teacher who graduated from LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts). Since graduating Amy has worked with choreographers and companies such as; Masters of Movement performing and choreographing for the ‘World of Dance Tour’ in LA, Litzer Bixler , EEE-Motion Company on dance theatre projects: ‘The morning after’….. and ‘It’s a love thing’, ‘Bodies in Urban Space’ choreographed by Willi Dorner, Hinged Dance Company, on three productions ‘The Soloist’, ’Rainman’ and ‘Prisoner 466’, for which she helped assist, Motionhouse Dance Theatre in ‘The Voyage’ as part of the Birmingham Olympic Festival , ‘5IVE’ choreographed by Genevieve Say and later Cique Bijou, dancing for the Boxettes, Rosie Whitney-Fish in‘Eric and Electrodes’, ‘Up and Under’ and ‘A vintage Holiday’, Exzeb Dance Company in their award winning ‘Artism II’ (International FITC Best Digital Instillation), Monix Arts in ‘Survival of the Fittest performed at Edinburgh Festival and MOHO Dance for ‘Emerge Dance Festival’. She has recently worked again with choreographer Willi Dorner for Metropolis – Copenhagen International Dance Theatre and on a separate new project ‘Stratford Living’ in association with East London Dance.
Amy is co-founder / choreographer of Co_Motion Dance where they had their first piece debut at Emerge Festival and Resolution! and is currently working on a physical theatre piece ‘Deeds not Words’, Amy is also a guest choreographer/director for University of Cumbria creating original dance theatre pieces such as ‘IMPACT’ and ‘COMING HOME’ for their 2nd year tour. This year, She continues to teach and choreograph for JASSPA as well as being Lead Artist for East London Dance project ‘ON THE MOVE’, teaching for Illuminate Freedom (working with visually impaired/blind students) and very much looking forward to being assistant for Magpie Dance this term!
Erica holds a BA in Dance and Anthropology from Connecticut College (USA). She began her career as a professional dancer in New York City-based companies Heidi Latsky Dance Company and Becky Radway Dance Projects. She taught ballet and modern dance at a community organisation in New York State. Erica is on the board of Evolve Dance Inc., and is Publications Manager for The Dancer-Citizen, an online scholarly journal. She moved to London in 2013 to complete an MA in Dance Anthropology from the University of Roehampton. While completing her degree, Erica began volunteering with Magpie Dance, and is now a lead facilitator in the Saturday Magpie Youth, Saturday Magpie Youth Technique, and Friday Magpie Drop-in Greenwich.
Eliza moved to London in 2010 to complete a year’s training with Springs Dance Company as part of their Apprenticeship Scheme, before then going on to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, gaining a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance.
After completing her training, Eliza began volunteering with Magpie Dance in the Youth Group Seniors, before becoming an Assistant Facilitator in the Friday Greenwich class in January 2016.
Eliza also works for Springs Dance Company as Company Administrator, as well as teaching on their education programme, taking dance workshops to primary and secondary schools across the UK.
Katharine graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2015, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance. She is a freelance dance artist, teaching and assisting with contemporary and creative classes in a variety of community settings. Alongside this, she is studying for a specialist diploma in Choreological Studies at Laban. Katharine has a particular passion for inclusive practice, having previously assisted with inclusive dance classes in both Newcastle and London and is really excited to be working with Magpie Dance.
Annie has worked with Magpie Dance since 2006 first as volunteer then a trainee, finally becoming a facilitator. Annie has been a facilitator since 2012, working with a range of Magpie Dance groups.
Annie has been working as a freelance dance practitioner since 2011, Annie teaches contemporary and creative classes and Zumba as well as working on inclusive dance projects in Sussex where she lives and Kent.
Annie completed a degree in Dance and Culture at the University of Surrey in 2009 and also completed a one year internship in Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation department (Dance) in 2013. Annie’s professional experience includes assisting, co-leading and leading inclusive dance sessions and CPD sessions as part of the department’s outreach work and classes at Trinity Laban. In addition Annie was the Dance School Co-ordinator (Maternity cover) at The Royal Academy of Dance in 2014.
Nikki has always had a passion for working alongside people with learning disabilities, volunteering in SEN schools from 2005 – 2007. Whilst studying for her degree in Primary Education (QTS) in 2008, she worked in temporary posts within the disability sector (mainly 1:1 and Teaching Assistant roles), having training in epilepsy, gastrostomy and tracheotomy to fulfill those roles. Around this time, she started volunteering at Magpie Dance and subsequently undertook their Inclusive Dance Practitioner Training (IDPT).
After graduating in 2011, Nikki taught in a primary school in South East London, completing her NQT year and has continued to work with Magpie Dance in assistant and co-leading roles, getting involved in various projects including youth and NHS projects. Magpie Dance has been a place where her passion for teaching and working alongside people with learning disabilities has been able to be realised.