Our 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 members of our team.


The Ludus Dance Team

Elli Chapman  – CEO

Elli is committed to youth led practice and the development of young arts leaders, having worked in creative and cultural learning for 25 years. 

Elli has been awarded the Natwest Everywoman Gaia Award, a Fellowship by Clore Leadership and is also a fellow for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. Eli is no stranger to the world of dance, serving as a Trustee on the board of National Dance Company Wales.

Kit Abramson - Ludus Dance

Kit Abramson  – Co-Artistic Director & Development Manager (Furloughed)

Kit serves as the organisation’s lead, supporting the delivery of Ludus Dance’s core mission and strategic objectives. Specifically, Kit develops partnerships, raises creative ambition and the financial and operational resilience of the charity.

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

Rachel Deadman – Dance Development Officer

Rachel joins us as Dance Development Officer for Artist Development, producing Occupied, our associate artist programme and to embed Arts Award.  She joins us from the South East of England, where she has successfully delivered county based & regional artist development programmes. Rachel has specialised in developing opportunities for boys to dance and built a safe space to dance for young people, who do not lead the most straight-forward of lives. 

Kate Threlfall – Dance Development Officer

Kate joins us as Dance Development Officer for Youth Dance and Talent Development, directing our youth company, LYDC. Kate was herself a member of LYDC, joining at 14 years old before going onto to study, at Edge Hill University. Kate has established her own practice, Redlock Creations and directs About Turn Dance Company, in Chorley. She also leads professional training at MAC Coaching and works as a translator for Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance.

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 managing the effective day-to-day operations of the organisation. She also 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.

Board of Trustees

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

  • John Wareing - Chair
  • Athalia Dangerfield
  • Hilary Machell
  • Serena Mansfield
  • Ellie Payne 

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

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