Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK)

Employee & Volunteers

WDSA (UK) is a growing organisation and we employ 1 office based staff who is supported by a wealth of volunteers who we hope to add to this list as the organisation grows, you can read more about what they do below.

Kate Harrison – National Trainer

Charlotte Bernstein – Grants Officer

George Boustred – External Relations Officer

Lin McGeough – Office Manager 

Louise Sampson – Technical Officer 

Volunteer Position

Celina-Anne Martin– Social Media Volunteer

Volunteer Position

       

John Richards – Fundraiser Volunteer

Kevin Pettifer – Administration Volunteer

Rachel Wilson – Social Media Volunteer

Emily Badvie – Tedwood Blog Volunteer

 

Professional Freelance Dancers

The WDSA (UK) through our new merger with Sardine Dance Collective has access to a number of professional freelance dancers these include

Rachel Bradbear (Dancer)

Trained at Middlesex University in Dance & English and went onto teach, choreograph and perform in London. In 2007 she completed her MSc in Dance Science at Laban specialising in Dance and Disability.   She is now a Creative Arts Manager and Producer, freelance teacher and dance scientist.  Rachel produces projects in Creative Arts for young people in UK and in Africa that raises awareness of HIV/Aids.

Laura Dajao (Dancer)

Laura grew up in the heart of East London, grooving along with the Hip Hop vibe.  She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007 which led her to adapt her life and her new found love and focus of dancing in a wheelchair.

Laura has taught and performed with many companies such as East London Dance, Candoco, Boy Blue, Sidi Larbi, Impact Dance and GDance, and looks now to create her own vocabulary based on her interest in different styles, music and storytelling, founding DaJance Arts Collective which brings artists together to collaborate, based on common interests in inter-displinary arts.

For more information please visit her website: http://www.lauradajao.webs.com/

Laura Anne Smith (Dancer)

Laura-Anne received her first formal training in dance at Newham Sixth Form College; for which she later became a Learning Support Assistant, specialising in supporting students with physical disabilities and learning difficulties.

She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 19.  Laura has participated in numerous dance projects and site-specific work in Berlin, The Royal Albert Hall, south Bank, The Queen Elizabeth Hall amongst others. She has also appeared in a short piece called Three Minute Birth, which was screened on channel 4 and in an award winning dance film titled Home, which has been screened internationally.

Her work is influenced by other art forms, such as Kallarippayat (a south Indian martial art), Bharata Natayam, and Capoeira. After gaining a BA Honors in Dance at De Montfort University Laura-Anne found she had a strong interest in Dance/Movement Therapy and specifically in its benefits for people who have had their human rights abused.

Daymien Todd (Dancer)

Bought up on a diet of british rock music from the ‘Queen’, Daymien took to the performing world like a duck to water – attending acting classes with Barnardos Drama Group from the age of 5 years old before joining Spare Tyre Theatre Company for sporadic projects.

He then found his love for dance when he joined ‘Get Up And Groove’ integrated dance group run by East London Dance and now lead tutored by Charlene Low, which he has attended for 15 years. Formally known as ‘Jellybeans’ the session matured into ‘Get up and Groove’ who train in various dance styles, such as street and contemporary.

Daymien’s other passion lies in music and DJ-ing, particularly the RnB genre, where you’ll catch him at his regular spot every month as a guest DJ for the ‘Groovy Cat Club’ and ‘Kicking Kangaroo Events’ as his alias DJ Shake Me Up.

Shakti Zapata (Dancer)

Born in Madrid, Shakti started gymnastics as a child before discovering Flamenco which led her to realise that her heart lay in working with her body.  Shakti holds a strong interest and has a background related to art therapy, dance, theatre and digital film, where she has starred in and made two documentary’s, one short film and loves ‘Dance on Camera’.

She recently finished studying for her Diploma in Professional Dance Studies at The Laban Centre and is currently in the midst of her Master’s in Performance Making at Goldsmith’s. Shakti is currently is working as a community dance practitioner, and a performing member of Amici and ArtsBase, Dance Theatre where she continues to learn and develop her own work.

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