In future years a whole generation of modern dancers will have Lucy’s skills and innovation to thank for developing and making their formative years so diverse and exciting. I greatly look forward to seeing what Lucy creates and achieves in the future – Jonathan Goddard
The Dance Mama, I am a London-based portfolio professional, specialising in dance management and training with a passion for coaching and developing talent.
Over the last decade I have worked with a wide range of companies and artists (including Bare Bones, Richard Alston Dance Company, Tavaziva Dance, New Adventures, Wayne McGregor I Random Dance, Aletta Collins, Bonachela Dance Company, Rambert Dance Company, English National Ballet, Jasmin Vardimon Dance, New Art Club, Wendy Houston, Protein Dance and Yorke Dance Project) developing world-class dance projects for DanceXchange and notably from 2005-2011 The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), London Contemporary Dance School, The Place. I was an Expert Panel Member for The Music and Dance Scheme 2007-2010 and member of the steering group for it’s first national gala in 2008 at Sadler’s Wells.
“Lucy won the hearts and minds, as well as the trust not only of colleagues but of so many of the young people under her care, through her skill, attentiveness and through simply being who she is.’’ Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp OBE
I was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, I started dancing locally at the Hadland School of Dance and Drama aged four, and throughout my school days took part in musical theatre productions with Stratford Musical Theatre Group. My first professional performances were as a child actor with the RSC and Opera North aged 8 and 11. At 18, I won a Dance and Drama Award to study the BA (Hons) Dance Theatre degree at Laban. During my time at Laban I produced an evening of student works at the RSC SummerHouse (2001) giving me a taste for production and programming. I was Co-President of the Laban Student Union before graduating in 2002. Shortly after I began my professional teaching career with Wise Moves.
“Lucy is a dynamic, enthusiastic and wonderful person to work with” Nicky Ellis, Independent Dance Specialist and Osteopath
I became Dance Artist in Residence for DanceXchange in 2004, where I initiated, delivered and managed a wide variety of education projects with local schools and participants including Bare Bones 2004 Tour and audience development projects with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and Carlos Acosta’s Tocororo. I moved back to London in 2004 to run the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), London Contemporary Dance School, The Place. In 2011 I returned to my freelance persona working for organisations including English National Ballet, Rambert and co-founded Inside Dance TV with Sarah Blanc. On return from my maternity leave I set up a dance parenting website Dance Mama, delivered sessions for The Royal Opera House & The Royal Ballet School and was appointed Chair of the Board, Dance Woking in 2014 addition becoming Learning & Participation Manager at Rambert. In September 2016, I was appointed Joint Head of Learning & Participation Manager for Rambert whilst on maternity leave. In 2018, I became an Ambassador for the Parents in Performing Arts campaign and most recently have moved to the role of Head of Talent Progression Research – Children & Young People.
I live in Surrey with my husband and two children, and I have a very, very silly sense of humour.
To find out more about my take on being a portfolio professional, I am featured in business handbook Building A Portfolio Career – 3rd edition (Bourne, Lyons, McCrudden – Management Books 2000) – available on Amazon and at Portfolio Professionals Partnership