Meet The Core Team
Angela trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, gaining a BPA Dance degree, before going on to undertake Professional Certificate in Education (Further) (PCE) teaching qualification.
In 2016, Angela gained a Masters in Arts, Management, Policy and Practice from University of Manchester.
Angela started working with NEW Dance in 2010. This was her first community role and instantly fell in love with the ethos and goals of the organisation. Angela became Artistic Director at Eleni in 2016.
Angela is passionate about the transformative power of dance, its ability to enrich lives, cohese communities and bring joy to both those who consider themselves as non-dancers and those who feel destined for a life on the stage.
Dance Practitioner & Project Coordinator
Claire began her training at Elliot-Clarke College at the age of 16 before going on to study at Liverpool John Moores University where she gained a BA Hons degree in Drama and Dance.
As an experienced actor, workshop leader and artist, Claire has specialised in physical theatre and contemporary dance with all ages.
She believes that the experience of performing in front of a live audience is the best feeling in the world, and that’s what she enjoys passing on to her participants, whether through a small, informal showing, an impromptu street performance or a full-scale production to a full-house. Claire gets such satisfaction knowing that the power of the performing arts lasts a lifetime.
Molly was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and moved to Wales in 1971. She has two children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
After a background in banking she became a management accountant before starting her own business consultancy in 2004.
Molly is a committed Rotarian and has been involved in many humanitarian projects, particularly in Nepal, and has also championed the Rotary Peace Award, which is presented to the winner annually at Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
Meet The Freelance Team
Karen is a qualified Latin and Ballroom dance teacher, and started teaching for Eleni in May 2006. She also leads workshops for social groups and activities, including ‘on-the field’ activities for Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and has choreographed for "Dance Fusion" and "Salsa" at the Stiwt and "Kiss Me Quickstep" at Theatr Clwyd. She has also taken part in, and helped to choreograph, Eleni flash mobs.
She is very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching dance; she has gained invaluable experience in teaching adult dance across Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham, and enjoys it immensely.
Amanda has always had a keen interest in dance and gymnastics. After years of training, she went on to study dance through GCSE PE and A-Level Performing Arts, then completed her BA (Hons) degree in Dance at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Whilst at university, Amanda found a love for teaching. She has been a NEW Dance practitioner since 2012, and enjoys working creatively with children, linking in topics from the school curriculum to enhance children’s learning in a creative way. The majority of Amanda’s work with children is performance-based projects. Most recently, she has been working on Eleni’s partnership project with Ballet Cymru, delivering ballet classes to a group of pupils as part of their three-year scholarship.
Anita graduated from Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre, having gained her ISTD teaching qualifications. From there, she went straight into teaching, entering pupils for various ISTD dance exams, GCSEs and A levels, and BTEC Performing Arts in Dance. She has choreographed for many shows and pantomimes, including S4C pop groups and solo artists. She taught national curriculum Dance at St Brigid’s School for 18 years, both primary and secondary. She joined Eleni in 2017, and has been able to work in the community on various projects, including weekly mature dance classes and school projects.
She believes everyone should be given the opportunity to dance, through laughter and fun.
Rachel graduated from Edge Hill University with a first class degree in Dance and Aerial Performance.
Her teaching/ choreographic experience includes primary and secondary schools, universities, classes for elderly, dance schools, prison work and wedding first dances.
Her main performance credits include Company Chameleon, Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance, Boney M, ITV2’s Time Wasters, Box Events UK, Holly Ellison, Avanti Display and Walk the Plank. Her dance training is versatile, with her favourite styles being contemporary, African, lyrical and jazz.
Rachel joined the Eleni team in June 2017.
Emma completed her undergraduate training in Dance at DeMontfort University, and graduated from the University of Chester with a Masters in Dance. Emma joined the NEW Dance team in February 2019.
Emma has taught in a wide range of settings such as primary and secondary schools, gifted and talented programmes, all male groups, and older people. Emma specialises in working in inclusive settings. She has set up and run workshops and projects for those with physical and learning disabilities, as well as working with those suffering with Dementia and Parkinson's.
Emma's style of movement is challenging and engaging, and strives to create choreography that challenges ideas. Emma believes dance is for everyone, and is a powerful tool to express yourself and effect change.
Originally from Portugal, Patricia began her dance training from a very young age, passing the RAD exams up to grade 7 with distinctions. She graduated with a BA Honours in Performing Arts from Escola Superior de Dança de Lisboa in Lisbon.
In 2005, she moved to the UK, where she pursued a career as a performer and dance teacher with the contemporary dance company Arcane.
Since then, she has worked with artists and organisations such as Fenfen Huang, Sophie Taylor, Ithalia Furel, Chester University, Brindley Theatre, Cheshire Dance and the London Ballet Company. She started as a NEW Dance practitioner in March 2019. Her favourite styles of dance include ballet, tap and hip hop.