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MEET THE TEAM

Our CEO, Di Cuming leads a team which comprises the Creative Director and Creative Programme Managers, who work alongside our freelance dance artists and administration, marketing and finance staff to create exceptional dance experiences.

If you'd like to talk to us about participating in dance, professional practice or developing a project then we'd be delighted to hear from you. Visit our contact us page for details of how to get in touch with individual members of our team.

The Ludus Dance Team

Di works closely with our Board leading Ludus Dance to fulfil our charitable and business aims, mission and strategic objectives and to ensure our future success. Di has been at Ludus Dance since 2009. With 17 years' experience in the arts sector, Di has worked as a theatre practitioner, devising and performing her own work and developing and delivering participatory projects in the community, and as CEO at Prescap. Di is a Graduate in Theatre studies from Lancaster University.

Anthony serves as the organisation’s artistic lead supporting the delivery of Ludus Dance’s core mission and strategic objectives. He started working for Ludus Dance in 2012 as a Dance Development Artist moving into the Artistic Producer role in July 2013. With nearly 8 years’ experience developing and delivering dance and arts based activity across the North, Anthony has worked for Qdos Dance Theatre in Barnsley, Burnley Youth Theatre and was the Dance Development Officer for Burnley Council for three years. A qualified teacher, he has also worked extensively with Burnley College. Anthony's specialises in projects for disadvantaged young people who face significant personal challenges.

Sarah's responsibilities include the development, management and the delivery of a range of exciting and inspiring dance projects for people in areas of low engagement across Lancashire. Sarah specialises in diversionary work for hard to reach young people and contemporary dance technique. After graduating from Middlesex University in 2008 with a BA in Dance Performance, she went on to study for a Diploma in Dance Studies at Trinity Laban. With almost 5 years’ professional experience developing and delivering projects across the North West, Sarah has worked for Brewery Arts Centre, Maelstrom Productions, Warrington Wolves, Blackpool Arts Service, Dance Cumbria, Cumbria Youth Dance Company and DanceSyndrome.

Vicky Frayard Ludus Team

Vicky's responsibilities include managing Lancashire Youth Dance Festival as well as a range of health and educational projects across the North West. She specialises in community dance and dance for health and wellbeing. After graduating from Roehampton University with a BA Hons Dance, Vicky worked as Dance Development Officer for YMCA London South West and London Broncos RL Foundation. She also runs her own freelance company 'Offside Dance' facilitating professional, community and education projects for clients including Rugby League World Cup 2013, the Beat Project Surrey, Kingston Youth Dance Company, Hampshire Dance and East London Dance. Vicky is chair of the Board of Trustees at CoDa Dance and is also a theatre technician, specialising in stage management and lighting.

Katie is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the company, acting as the first point of contact to the general public, groups and organisations wanting to work with Ludus Dance.

Her role involves assisting the CEO and Creative Director with report and bid writing; managing the studio programme & building maintenance. Katie also line manages the evening team.

Jackie promotes Ludus Dance and its services, and develops current and new audiences for the organisation, through strategic marketing and communications. Working closely with the CEO and Creative Team, she writes and distributes news releases and e-campaigns, writes copy and blogs, produces marketing material, and manages on-line media. Jackie loves words, grammar, spelling, and good punctuation!

Janet looks after invoices and payments, payroll for staff, budget analysis, and management reports to the Trustees. She has worked in the sector since 2006, and in finance for over 25 years. Janet loves working with numbers and can’t wait for a reason to create a spreadsheet.

Ludus Dance has a strong and supportive Board of Trustees, whose members are:

  • Carolyn Primett
  • Hilary Machell
  • John Wareing (Chair)
  • Moira Suringar
  • Serena Mansfield

Ludus Dance would like to thank the Business in the Arts North West's Better Board Programme through which John Wareing and Moira Suringar have joined our Board.

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