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.
Melissa is a visual artist with a background in contemporary dance. Trained as a ballerina in Australia and France, she went on to dance at a soloist level in Germany before furthering her studies in London at the Trinity Laban Dance Conservatoire.
Melissa works as an independent artist, across multiple disciplines and has been involved with Magpie Dance since 2006 assisting the Adult group and delivering creative movement workshops and choreographic projects.
Nikki has always been passionate about dance, getting the opportunity to study contemporary dance at GCSE and then at A-level. She then studied BA (Hons) in Primary Education and during her degree, first started working with Magpie Dance as a volunteer, in their Youth Group in 2010. Following this, she applied for their Inclusive Dance Training Programme (IDPT) and completed a years training with them across their Community, Youth and Adult classes. She has then worked as an Assistant Facilitator for Magpie Dance and been involved in various projects including Community Classes, Schools projects, University projects and NHS projects. She currently assists in the Youth Group and is involved with ongoing NHS projects.
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 Heidi Latsky Dance Company with disabled and non-disabled dancers, and was a ballet and modern teacher at a community dance organisation in New York State. 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 joined the Technique Group, Senior Youth Group, and Junior Youth Group as an assistant facilitator in 2014.
Annie has worked with Magpie Dance since 2006 first as volunteer then a trainee, finally becoming a facilitator. Annie has been an Assistant Facilitator since 2012 and is currently working with the Wednesday Youth Group as well as being the Lead Facilitator for the Mapgie Dance Juniors.
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.
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.