Our Artistic Director and Chief Executive leads our team of dance development, administration, marketing, fundraising and finance staff, who work alongside our freelance dance artists, to create exceptional dance experiences.

If you'd like to talk to us about participating in dance, developing a project, or professional practice 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

Anthony Briggs - Ludus Dance

Anthony Briggs - Artistic Director & CEO

Anthony serves as the organisation’s 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 8 years’ experience developing and delivering dance and arts based activity across the North. Anthony's specialises in projects for disadvantaged young people who face significant personal challenges.

Kit Abramson - Ludus Dance

Kit Abramson  – Business Development and Fundraising Manager

As part of the Senior Management team, Kit works closely with the CEO to ensure the aim and ambitions of Ludus Dance are met. Specifically, Kit develops partnerships, raises creative ambition and the financial and operational resilience of the charity.

With extensive experience leading teams of creative professional in arts organisational , Higher Education and commercial enterprises, Kit's careers spans publishing, lecturing, consultancy, creative practice, events management, and fundraising.

Laura Worden – Dance Development Officer

Laura is responsible for Ludus Dance projects which relate to inclusivity and heritage, as well as managing Ludus Dance’s Studio Programme offer and the annual flagship Big Up North Dance Theatre Festival event, in partnership with The Dukes.

Laura graduated from UCLan’s BA Dance Performance and Teaching course with a first class honours degree in 2014, working as a freelance dance artist and inclusive practitioner until she joined us in 2018.

Zoe Chambers – Dance Development Officer

Zoe’s key area of responsibility is for Ludus Dance’s cultural education programmes, our youth dance and talent development strand, and supporting professional artist development. She is also the Ludus Youth Dance Company’s (LYDC) director.

She joined us in 2017 after graduating with a 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Dance Performance and Teaching from UCLan. Zoe has been involved in a range of community dance projects around the North West which led her to join our team.

Katie McGivney – Arts Administration and Communications Officer

Katie is the first point of contact for individuals and groups wanting to work with Ludus Dance and is responsible for the effective day-to-day running of our office, administration and Studio Programme. She also manages our small front of house reception and administrative team and provides support for the organisation’s communications, including online campaigns.

Katie is experienced at providing administrative support in the arts and voluntary sector, working with organisations including Lancaster District CVS and other charitable Trusts.


Jackie Bennett Shaw – Marketing and Communications Manager

Working with the senior management team, Jackie is responsible for the overall strategy and all aspects of the marketing and communications function, supporting the continued growth of Ludus Dance and creating awareness of the Ludus Dance brand.

She has extensive experience of working in public relations and B2B/ B2C marketing in the voluntary and commercial sector, having worked in senior roles as PR manager for Girlguiding UK and communications manager for global facilities management company OCS.


Board of Trustees

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

  • John Wareing - Chair
  • Melanie Close
  • Karen Livesey
  • Hilary Machell
  • Serena Mansfield
  • Moira Suringar

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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