About Us

Founded in 1993 and based at The Nest in Thamesmead, Greenwich Dance finds inspiring spaces for innovative dance creation, performance and community participation: creating quality opportunities to make, watch and take part in dance regardless of age, background or ability.

We work with world-class artists and practitioners to support them to make and bring their work to the community we live and work within, here in South East London. We then present this work in performances, events and festivals alongside a programme of creative dance classes for ages 0 – 100+, in collaboration with a network of likeminded venues and organisations across the borough of Greenwich and beyond.

We believe you don’t have to be a trained dancer to move or create. We work with older people, younger people and everyone inbetween to create inspirational opportunities to enjoy the act of moving together, making together and celebrating what it is to be you. These experiences we then share with professional artists to ensure the creative cycle continues…. investing in people, in dance and in you.

Of the utmost importance to us is the ability to share ideas and learn about each other so that we can build better programmes that reflect the cultural influences, ideas and personalities of the artists and communities we work with.

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What they say about us

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Today I had my first contemporary dance class with Greenwich Dance and it felt amazing! (I mean I'm terrible at it, but I had so much fun). Thanks for offering dance classes at such affordable rates

Francesca Gallo

There are a few dance styles that I would love to explore more in depth in the future as dance is a universal language connecting people and places and promoting wellbeing and a sense of belonging. I am very grateful for this gift and I will never stop learning and practising. Thank you Greenwich Dance!

Ariella

The leaders were great and engaged well with the girls throughout the day. The tasks were all accessible for the students to do and there was a variety of tasks on offer.

Hannah Morrell, Blackheath High School, Limitless: Female Empowerment Project

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Get in Touch

Greenwich Dance is managed by a small team based at The Nest, Cygnet Square, Thamesmead SE2 9FA.

Please email info@greenwichdance.org.uk

 

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Alison Gee

Community & Engagement Consultant

Tell us about you

I’ve been working in the dance sector 20+yrs, working across the community sector, vocational settings as well as Higher Educational Institutes such as The Place and Trinity Laban. I love all things community engagement, learning and participation and professional development. My strengths are compassion, creativity, critical thinking, developing others, empathy, leading and self-development. Originally from the northwest of England, Ive been based in London for the past 24yrs. I am a mum of 1 energetic boy and a CAT mum of 2 Siamese cats and I love anything with sequins on it! In my spare time I am trustee and secretary of a local arts organisation – The Exchange, Erith and I love a good festival!

Why do you do what you do?

I love to see the impact and transformational power that dance and being creative can have on people! Especially on participants who have not had access to dance and movement before.

What should people contact you about?

I look after our work in the community with adults and older adults. You can contact me about our Dance for Well Being session, This Girl Can classes and Adult Performance Company.

What are your top 5 songs to dance to at parties?

 

Daniel Heley

Daniel Heley

Participation Producer

Tell us about you

I have worked in theatre and the arts for the past 13 years moving from performing to sales, ending with my current role at Greenwich Dance. I also teach the Musical Theatre Jazz class on a Thursday night, come along if you want to get those jazz hands working. I live in Greenwich with my husband and feel very lucky to be able to see the impact that Greenwich Dance has on the community. In my spare time I enjoy sewing and baking, I make a mean sourdough, and making sure I get my 10,000 steps in.

What should people contact you about?

You should contact me for anything for young people, whether that be schools work or community projects. We have a range of programmes we can offer schools and can create bespoke packages if needed. I also run our Online Arts Award so get in touch for more info.

What are your top 5 songs to dance to at parties?

I’m not actually much of a dancer when I go out. I prefer sitting back with a glass of wine and watching but if I had to choose 5 they would be:

 

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Robert James

PR Consultant

Tell us about you

I’ve been working in press and communications in the arts for over 13 years now. Before going freelance I worked as PR Manager at the Science Museum, Head of Communications at English National Ballet, Press Officer at Sadler’s Wells and Account Manager at Arthur Leone PR, an arts and heritage PR agency. Since being freelance I’ve fully immersed myself in the dance world, working with a range of established organisations, emerging artists and vocational dance schools. I’m truly passionate about dance and I feel so privileged to be able to do something I love for a living!

What should people contact you about?

Get in touch with me if you’re a journalist or work in the media and want to talk more about Greenwich Dance and its work!

What are your top 5 songs to dance to at parties?

 


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Rachel Nash

Finance & Operations Manager

Tell us about you

I began dancing aged just two and a half years old. I have trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop. My love for dance has taken me on an educational pathway from GCSE to Degree. I have now been working in the cultural sector for 10 years and have worked for several organisations including but not limited to: One Dance UK, The Barbican and The Royal Opera House. I am part-time with Greenwich Dance. In my spare time, I am training to be an accountant with AAT and look after my little human.

In my spare time I love to cook and swim, and I am not a stranger when it comes to having a boogie in the kitchen.

What should people contact you about?

As the job title suggests, I look after all things finance and operations.

What are your top 5 songs to dance to at parties?

 

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Rajpal Pardesi

Senior Producer, ArtsUnboxed

Tell us about you

I joined GD in 2020 and now they can’t get rid of me! I have worked across Dance, Theatre, Music and Festivals for over 30years. A cat dad, Chair of Directors with Body Politic, Executive Director with Soul City Arts and Festivals & Programme Manager with Remarkable Productions that present the award-winning London Mela.

What should people contact you about?

I am responsible for all things ArtsUnboxed our new platform initiative from Greenwich Dance for touring ideas and not people.

What are your top 5 songs to dance to at parties?

 

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Melanie Precious

Chief Executive Officer

Tell us about you

I started out as a dancer, but one of those jobbing ones with loads of strings to their bow…I wrote for Dance Europe Magazine, worked on the Youth Zone at londondance.com and worked in box offices, front of house and for worldwidedanceuk.com to pay the bills. As a performer I danced for Adventures in Motion Pictures in Swan Lake, in operas at ENO and ROH and in other exciting projects such as a version of Romeo and Juliet which we made and performed with artists in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

I taught for a time at the Urdang Academy and then got my first desk based job at aged 30 in the education team at Sadler’s Wells (you can hear more about that experience in our podcast episode Leading Off Stage). It was an exciting project run by Youth Dance England and the role was not about delivering for Sadler’s Wells, but rather was a regional brief to support youth dance development in London. That project set up my mindset, I think, of working collaboratively towards the same goal.

I since went on to do maternity cover Head of Department at The Place and DanceEast, as participation producer for Hofesh Shechter Company and spent a time freelancing – specialising in strategic planning, research, project development, evaluation, facilitation and leadership in community and participatory dance. I then joined Luca Silvestrini’s Protein where I became creative producer and worked closely with Luca on developing exciting participatory projects and the development of his beautiful show The Little Prince.

I’ve been at Greenwich Dance since 2019. I feel so privileged to work alongside amazing dance artists, producers, creatives and wonderfully imaginative dancing communities. I love finding ways to use dance to make the world a better place.

What should people contact you about?

We believe in doing dance differently and I’d love to hear more from you about how you think we can be doing that. If you have an idea, an observation or want to link up please do get in touch.

What are your top 5 songs to dance to at parties?

Now this bit is embarrassing as I’m not cool. (Someone once described my musical taste as ‘women’s suffragette music’. I like a sad ballad and perhaps secretly harbour a fantasy that I could hold my own on a bar stool with a guitar and croon out one of my own. I can’t btw. But left alone to my own devices I might pretend…)

I also love pure cheese at a party and will be the first on the dancefloor stomping along to The Proclaimers I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). But I also love a silent disco…where I can be secretive about my uncool taste in music.

 

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Carmel Smith

Podcast Producer

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Kajsa Sundström

Artist Support Producer

Tell us about you

I am a freelance producer, dance artist and yoga teacher based in South East London. I am originally from Stockholm, and have danced and worked across Scandinavia, New York and Amsterdam, working for organisations such as José Limón Dance Foundation, The Place and DiA Junior Company. I love to bring more dance to more people, and when not dancing or producing I love studying languages (I speak three) cooking, and walking borrowed dogs, as I don’t have any of my own.

What should people contact you about?

I look after everything ArtsUnboxed and artists support. Talk to me about how Greenwich Dance can support you as an artist, opportunities, ArtsUnboxed and our Talking Moves podcast.

What are your top 5 songs to dance to at parties?

 

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Lucy White

Communications & Digital Consultant

Tell us about you

I’ve been working in arts marketing for nearly 20 years, 12 of which were at Sadler’s Wells where I led the marketing for their in house productions and touring shows. I love being freelance because I get to work with so many wonderful people across the sector. I live in North London with my husband and our cat Audrey. In my spare time, I am a trustee on the board of Hornsey Town Hall Trust and an honorary member of Muswell Hill Photographic Society.

Why do you do what you do?

I really enjoy seeing the pure joy that dance can bring to audiences and participants. I love the fact that Greenwich Dance is out there, bringing dance to people in their own communities. And I am also inspired by the way that Greenwich Dance isn’t afraid to innovate by developing bold new ideas like ArtsUnboxed or trying out exciting new ways of communicating with artists like the Talking Moves podcast.

What should people contact you about?

I look after the marketing and communications for Greenwich Dance. Contact me about advertising opportunities, the Greenwich Dance website, social media, ArtsUnboxed and our Talking Moves podcast.

What are your top 5 songs to dance to at parties?

 

The Board

Martha Oakes

Bridget Imeson

Catriona Rayner

Cllr. Norman Adams

Dr Ayo Mansaray

Leo Thorn Gent

Maxine Barclay

Samara Zendera

Simon Leach

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If you would like to make a difference with dance you can either make a donation or you can become a Greenwich Dance Changemaker.