Staff

Rachel Deadman is the Programme Director at The Dance Movement.  As leader of the Charity she is responsible for strategy, finance and implementing the programme with support from the Board of Trustees.

Rachel leads on project delivery for the Charity, choreographs performances, designs & produces projects.

Dance styles taught: Street Dance, Contemporary Dance (Cunningham & Limon based), Improvisation, Contact Improvisation and Choreography

Did you know that Rachel?
  • has an MA in Dance from Chichester University and BA (Hons) in Dance from LIPA.
  • has Skydived twice, loves cats and loves tea!
  • is also one of three Dance Development Officers at Ludus Dance in Lancaster, leading on Artist Development and embedding Arts Award.

Nicky NortonNicky Norton is the Charity's administrator and also works as a Lead Dance Artist.  She produces and artistically directs the annual community dance projects Winter Move, Wise Words & Farnham in Bloom.

Alongside this role she leads on Arts Award for the Thrive Dance Academy Programme, is the Specialist Dance Artist for Key Stage 1 & 2 Curriculum Dance Delivery and delivers CPD for Infant and Primary School Teachers. 

Dance styles taught: Bollywood, Traditional English Dances, Contemporary and Choreography.

Did you know that Nicky?
  • also works for Stopgap Dance Company as the Creative Learning Manager
  • has a BA (Hons) in Theatre and likes riding fast on motorbikes.
  • is very good at knitting and made Rachel's cat a hat for Christmas!

Grace CampbellGrace Black is the Projects Reporter and Evaluation Officer . This role focuses on critically evaluating TDM's outreach projects to ensure outcomes are measured and successes are celebrated and disseminated across the dance sector. Grace also teaches extensively for the education programme and leads the includsive youth contemporary dance programme.

Grace is a key team member on the Thrive Dance Academy Programme and supports Cherie in the Weekly Thrive Youth Dance Company.  She enjoys her varied role with TDM which encompasses performing, teaching, fundraising and evaluating the work of TDM.

Dance styles taught: Contemporary, Choreography and Commercial 

Did you know that Grace?

  • completed her BA (Hons) in Dance and MA in Dance Research at The University of Chichester
  • is married to a Theatre Technician who tours the world making amazing professional shows happen
  • does not like cats but does love tea, one out of two aint bad, we can't all be purffect!

Cherie Brennan is a Dance Artist and Performer for the The Dance Movement.  She is a founding member of the Thrive Dance Academy Team and leads the weekly Thrive Youth Dance Company for the academy's graduates.  Cherie has a a specialism in inclusive dance practice and supports the Youth Contemporay Dance class to enable young dancers with disabilities to access the class.

Dance styles taught: Afro-Caribbean, Dance Hall, Street Dance, Contemporary Dance and Choreography

Did you know that Cherie?

  • has a BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture from the University of Surrey.
  • also teaches & performs for Stopgap Dance Company, UNIT and Casson & Friends.
  • has a beautiful singing voice and a beautiful boyfriend who is an amazing filmmaker and photographer.

Sarah Covington leads the Boys Dance Programme, Leg-it Boys Dance.  She joined The Dance Movement through a training programme funded by Guildford Borough Council, which granted TDM money to appoint Sarah (a Guildford based dancer) to train as a boys dance specialist with the Programme Director.  

Having successfully completed her apprenticeship she now leads on the project delivery at Weydon Schools and Christ's College and is working with the Programme Director to develop the programme further across Surrey.

Dance styles taught: Contemporary Dance and Choreography

Did you know that Sarah?

  • has obtained a BA (Hons) in Dance from the University of Middlesex.
  • has lungs on her like Celine Dion
  • has been to Glastonbury Festival

Contractual Staff:  Administration and Business Development

Business Consultant:  Linda Jasper (Ad Hoc)

Book Keeping: Collette Macklin (Permanent)

Professional Performers & Dancers:
As well as our own dance team we work with freelance dancers, choreographers and artists; people we are working with and have worked with in the past include:

  • Sophie Arstall (Dancer)
  • Mary Branson (Visual Artist)
  • Rob Clarke (Dancer & Choreographer)
  • James Finnemore (Dancer & Choreographer)
  • Gav Hoare (Filmmaker and Sound Artist)
  • Tom Hobden (Dancer & Choreographer)
  • Aya Kobayashi (Dancer & Choreographer)
  • Jo Mackie (Producer)
  • Sally Marie (Director)
  • Fiona Millward (Dancer & Choreographer)
  • Charlotte Vincent (Director)

A little bit of dance that Rachel made for first years on the Digital Film and Screen Arts Course at UCA Farnham to shoot, edit and play with.

Dancers: Josh Boyle & Grace Campbell
Film and Edit:  Arturs Reinholds
Choreography:  Rachel Deadman

Thanks to Rosie Gunn and Anne Parisio, UCA Farnham