Meet The Core Team

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Angela
Artistic Director

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 Eleni (formally 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.

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Eve
Dance Practitioner & Project Coordinator

Eve is the newest member to the Eleni team and comes with a zesty, energetic passion for all things creative, movement based and mindful! 

Eve started her dance journey with Eleni back as an associate dancer with NEWDance. Eve went on to train full time at the Hammond School of Dance in Chester gaining her Diploma in Professional Dance. In 2015 Eve went onto further education gaining her BA Hons in Professional Practice in Arts: Dance at Middlesex University in London. 

Eve has nine years professional experience on stage at sea with the largest cruise corporation in USA; Carnival Cruise Lines. Eve has performed to audiences at large as 3,000 as a featured dancer as well as Cast Manager with the company and has worked with over 60 different nationalities and cultures. 

As well as a professional dancer, Eve is a qualified yoga teacher and has a burning love for all things yoga based, intertwining her love for dance with her mindful yogic passion. 

Now firmly planted on land back home in North East Wales, Eve is excited to share her creative journey with the community and bring joyful, exciting and surprising experiences to as many people as she can reach.

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Caitlin
Office Administrator

Caitlin is one of the newest members of our Eleni team starting in April 2022 as our new office administrator. After school, Caitlin went into full time employment as an admin apprentice where she worked her way up to becoming a Legal Assistant in Conveyancing and Wills & Probate.

 

Caitlin spent the majority of her childhood on stage and although she did not pursue a professional career in performing, she has always had a strong passion for the arts and dance. Her passion for both administration and the arts is an exciting combination for her role with Eleni.

Meet The Freelance Team

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Amanda

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. 

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Anita

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.

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Rachel

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

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 Eleni 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.

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Patricia

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 Eleni practitioner in March 2019. Her favourite styles of dance include ballet, tap and hip hop.