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Amanda J. Mortlock is the Creative Director.

BA (Hons)Performing Arts (Dance), De Montfort University, Leicester and Diploma in Dance Teaching And Learning (Children & Young People), Trinity College London.

Amanda has choreographed and performed in UK, Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Germany with Teatro Potlach, European Arts Group and Happenstance.  She has taught Dance at F.E and H.E level at Liverpool John Moore’s University, UCLAN, Liverpool Community College  and Furness College.  For ten years she has been based in Cumbria initiating, leading and project managing dance participatory and performance events for DARE DANCE.

Andrew Deakin is a Company Director. 

BA (Hons) Music and Philosophy, Middlesex Polytechnic.

Fran Leaver is a Company Director. 

Fran Leaver (B.A. Hons, M.A, MSc, PGCert TLHE, Cert Ed Post 16) is a long-standing member of the LJMU Dance Team, with a specialism that includes the issues surrounding the healthy and aware dancer both theoretically and practically.  In contrast to this paradigm, Fran also has a holistic approach to the body and its presence and is a qualified Bowen Therapist and Reflexologist and finds these two different dimensions inform her role both as a Practitioner and a Tutor.  Fran is also a presenter for the AQA, teaching the GCSE Set Dances to teachers and pupils around the country.

After graduating with a combined honours degree, Fran has spent many years performing both in the commercial industry travelling around the world as well as within the contemporary dance world where she co-ran her own performance and education company – Stark Dancers.  She has performed and worked for a variety of artists, including Libby Rose at Resolutions, Senza Tempo, CoisCeim Dance Theatre, Dublin, Mark Edward and Company and Happy Mondays.

Karen Whitehouse is our youth worker. She has a BA(Hons) Youth and Community Work and is a First Aider.  Karen takes care of our young dancers, liaising between dancers, participants and parents.