Meet the Team

Our team is a highly skilled group of people committed to supporting artists to thrive and making dance a part of more people lives. Many of us are dance artists, choreographers and producers ourselves and have extensive experience of working within the dance sector. 

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Chloë Barker

Joint Head of Communications
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Alongside her job-share Georgina, Chloë heads up the Communications Team. Together they are responsible for the department’s strategy and planning, as well as overseeing all communications and marketing activity. 

Chloë’s background is in arts press & public relations, having worked at Arts Council England, South East for almost a decade and in a freelance capacity with a wide range of artists and arts organisations including Vincent Dance Theatre, Blast Theory, The Poetry Exchange, Lighthouse, The Serpentine Galleries, Towner Gallery, Hydrocracker and many more. 

Chloë very much enjoys watching dance theatre and contemporary dance. These days her own dance moves are largely directed at embarrassing her daughter. 

Chloë's usual working days are Monday morning, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Lou Coleman

Little Big Dance Lead Coordinator
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Lou manages all the day-to-day activities of the national Little Big Dance project, working closely with national dance partners, artists and Early Years specialists to ensure the smooth running of the programme.

Lou’s background is in the attitudes and anatomy of inclusive practices within the arts and she has mentored and facilitated numerous artists and small arts organisation to develop their understanding of this area. In addition, Lou has worked as an artist and producer in the UK and internationally.  As a Feldenkrais Practitioner her work is mainly with artists and children.

Previously Lou has worked for over 15 years in residential care settings, pupil referral units and schools, children’s charities and nurseries to support children, teenagers and their families.

Fuelled by the importance of a sense of movement, of touch as communication and of improving agency, Lou knows creating a welcoming environment without limiting expectations can bring out the delightfully unexpected.

Lou's usual working days are Monday - Thursday. 

Beth Connellan

Executive Assistant
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Beth supports the South East Dance Directors, working across the whole organisation to ensure the smooth running of the South East Dance office.

Beth graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she worked with a variety of artists including Antonia Grove, Charlie Morrissey and Sharon Watson. During her time at NSCD she worked at the Riley Theatre as Stage Manager and ran the Student Platform. Alongside her role at South East Dance Beth is a freelance ballet teacher and has choreographed work for the University of Leeds. 

Beth loves going to watch live productions whether it be dance, theatre or musicals and is always looking for new performances to obsess over. 

Beth's usual working days are Monday - Friday. 

Dennis

Office Hound

Dennis is South East Dance’s office hound. Originally hailing from Romania, Dennis joined South East Dance in 2018 shortly after moving to Brighton to live with Chloe and her family. 

Dennis isn’t a fan of dance, unless it involves dog biscuits.

Daniel Falvey

Communications Coordinator
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Daniel creates and delivers communications campaigns across all platforms, supporting South East Dance’s Communications & Marketing strategy.

He started his career in the music industry, fulfilling press, marketing, radio and A&R roles for Brighton's FatCat records before moving into the arts world when he became Marketing Officer at Brighton Fringe. 

Daniel has spent much of the last decade working on a dance move that is going to make him millions.

Daniel's usual working days are Monday - Thursday. 

Eve Flitman

Studio and Programme Manager
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Eve works alongside the Artist Development and Participation teams at South East Dance, supporting the management of the artistic programme and, as we move into The Dance Space, the programme of our studio spaces. 

Eve studied Fashion and Dress History at University and writes about the individual’s relationship to clothing on her blog. She worked at arts organisations across the South East before joining South East Dance as the Executive Assistant in 2018 and taking on the role of Studio and Programme Manager in March 2020.

Eve has studied a range of dance styles including Ballroom, Latin and Commercial. She still enjoys watching contemporary dance and hitting the dancefloor when the opportunity arises.

Eve's usual working days are Monday - Thursday.

Rachel Gibson

Executive Director
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Rachel co-leads South East Dance with Cath James, with responsibility for business areas including governance, operations, compliance, finance and HR and also leading on the development of our capital project The Dance Space.

Rachel has worked in arts management for nearly 35 years, beginning in administration and programme in a number of theatres and arts centres, then moving into arts funding with roles in the dance teams at East Midlands Arts, London Arts Board and Arts Council England.  She then went on to spend more than 20 years as a freelance consultant working with dance companies, venues and other arts organisations across the UK. 

Rachel is a terrible dancer but has been an enthusiastic member of dance audiences throughout her working life.

Rachel's usual working days are Monday - Friday. 

Georgina Harris

Joint Head of Communications
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Alongside her job-share Chloe, Georgina heads up the Communications Team. Together they are responsible for the department’s strategy and planning, as well as overseeing all communications and marketing activity.

Georgina’s background is in arts marketing and she has over fifteen-years’ experience in local arts organisations including Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Komedia.

Although a little rusty, she has always loved to dance and is no stranger to a tap shoe. She keeps her dance toe in with a spot of solo jazz (and kitchen dancing with the children.)

Georgina's usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. 

Cath James

Artistic Director
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Cath leads on the artistic direction of South East Dance and works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the effective management and leadership of South East Dance.

Originally from Australia, Cath’s background is in dance, having been a dancer at Rambert Dance Company and Siobhan Davies amongst others, as well as an international dance teacher, before moving into producing and management. She has curated, written about and choreographed dance during her 40 year career.

Dance is still a huge part of Cath’s life, taking regular dance and Pilates classes. She has been known to get creative in her own silent disco on her allotment, and doing the odd yoga session when she is feeling odd.

Cath works flexibly five days a week.  

Sarah Kearney

Assistant Producer – Children and Young People
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Sarah Kearney is an Assistant Producer at South East Dance working with the Senior Producer – Participation to run the organisation's children and young people's programme. 

Sarah trained at Laban and has worked in dance both on and off stage. She has 20 years teaching experience, including in dance educational, community and company settings and currently works as a Pilates teacher. Previous to South East Dance, Sarah worked at various London arts venues and in website administration supporting editorial and marketing roles.

Sarah enjoys attending performance events. When her schedule allows, she loves taking part in yoga, Pilates and dance classes. 

Sarah's usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Rose Kigwana

Senior Producer - Participation
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Rose leads on the strategic and artistic development of our participation programme.  

Rose is Chair of Vincent Dance Theatre and has 26 years’ experience as an artist, designer and trainer with a specialism in children and young people. Rose has worked with ACE, Artswork, Southbank Centre, and in Zimbabwe for DFID and VSO. Starting with a degree in Design, she founded a sustainable furniture design company and gallery, winning several awards including ACE funding to travel to Uganda to re-discover her birth roots and develop her practice. Dancing is a life-long passion. Rose has spent many extra-curricular hours producing music and dance events! 

Rose's usual working days are Monday - Friday.

Anna Mateja

Finance Officer
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Anna is our Finance Officer looking after financial planning, administration and reporting. She is responsible for monitoring transactions, contributing to business planning, preparing budgets, cashflows and other financial reports. Anna’s background is in accountancy and she has previously run two busy guesthouses

Anna loves living in Brighton & Hove and her favourite pastime is taking evening walks by the sea to appreciate the spectacular sunsets. Anna also very much enjoys walking on the South Downs and visiting nearby parks where she can indulge her love of photography. When she’s not out and about she loves to hit the sofa with a good movie.

Anna's usual working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Lucy Lindley

Communications Assistant - Digital and Data
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Lucy assists the Communications Team with all things social media and marketing, as well as managing data reporting and analytics. Lucy’s background is in design, studying Digital Textile Design at university. She has worked with a number of fashion brands in design and social media roles, but she has always had a passion for dance. 

Originally training as a ballet and tap dancer, Lucy loved making as much noise as possible in her tap shoes but then retrained as a hip-hop dancer as a teenager, competing regionally and nationally. You'll often find her dancing in her kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil. 

Lucy's usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Lauren Proto

Joint Creative Communities Manager
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Lauren manages the development and delivery of The Welcome Project as part of the Community & Participation Programme at South East Dance. Lauren job shares with Luan Taylor as the lead and full-time project manager for The Welcome Project. Lauren holds a degree in Dance and Culture from the University of Surrey, where she graduated in 2009. 

Lauren has worked for South East Dance for over 10 years and has expertise in delivering dance with and for children and young people, more recently specialising in grass roots community engagement and outreach with marginalised groups. Lauren is passionate about providing high quality, refreshing dance experiences as a means to engage people from all walks of life.

Lauren's usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. 

Lou Rogers

Senior Producer – Artist Development
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Lou supports professional creatives through artist advisory sessions, development opportunities and listening to what artists need. She trained as a dancer and performer and knows what it’s like to survive as a freelance artist. 

Alongside her role at South East Dance Lou continues to work as a freelance producer and has over 20 years’ experience working with dance companies, such as Lîla Dance and many more. Lou also runs her own production company Hubble Bubble productions which focusses on integrated work made with disabled and non disabled performers.

Lou has a background working in disability arts and is passionate about access and equality. Working with Unlimited, the British Council, Disability Arts Online and Stopgap Lou created and curated the iF (Integrated Fringe) Platform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 - a unique platform showcasing the best disabled artists and integrated companies working in the UK

Lou works flexibly four days per week. 

Pip Sayers

Assistant Producer-Artist Development
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Pip supports all Artist Development activity including scheduling Artist Advisory sessions.

For the past 10 years Pip has worked on a variety of community dance projects including developing the Youth Empowerment through StreetDance project in Brighton.  She is also the Creative Producer for local hip hop dance theatre company Project Female and Assistant Producer for Visual Poets Dance Company.

Dance is a massive part of Pip’s life – mainly rhythm tap dancing – but also enabling young people to reach their potential and express themselves through dance.

Pip's usual working days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Hanna Stepanik

Development Coordinator
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Hanna assists the development and delivery of South East Dance’s fundraising strategies, and works closely with the Communications and the Programming teams in order to support the Artist Development and Community Participation Programmes.

Hanna’s background is in development studies and media practice, having worked at the University of Vienna and in several development organisations.

Dance is very important to Hanna and she has dipped into various styles, from ballet to Capoeira. She loves to dance at home, by the sea or at a party, and enjoys Pilates as a counterbalance.

Hanna's usual working days are Wednesday. Thursday and Friday.

 

Luan Taylor

Joint Creative Communities Manager
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Alongside her job-share Lauren, Luan leads on the development and delivery of the Welcome Project. Luan’s background is in dance/theatre specialising in working on projects with community engagement at the heart. 

She has over 16 years’ experience as a freelance producer and artist, creating or producing work including dance, theatre, reminiscence, and visual arts. Luan loves dancing and with her former company Ragroof Theatre, toured participatory dance events extensively across the UK and beyond. She recently taught her whole street a socially distanced Charleston dance during lockdown.

Luan's usual working days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Andrew Whitlaw

Head of Development
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Andrew heads up the Development Team, with responsibility for shaping and implementing revenue and capital fundraising strategies.

With over 25 years’ experience in fundraising, Andrew has held senior roles with Northern Ballet, The Actors Centre, London Chamber Orchestra and Youth Music. He was also a professional actor for many years, and still sings regularly with Brighton & Hove Actually Gay Men’s Chorus.

No stranger to dance – he was a ballroom dancer throughout his university years and even learned basic tap – Andrew freely admits he is not a natural, but nevertheless has a genuine love and appreciation of dance in all its forms.

Andrew's usual working days are Monday - Friday.