Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

Creative Director

Sarah is Creative Director of Blue Moose Dance Company with 12 years experience working in community and education settings across the North West, leading and developing creative dance provision that inspires, challenges and connects. Sarah trained at Middlesex University and the University of Leeds, gaining a first-class BA (Hons) in Dance in 2009 and also holds QTS in Secondary education. Sarah has developed her craft across the region through regular partnership working and project develop which aims to support communities to better connect and to celebrate the individual. Sarah is passionate about working as a facilitator, manager, choreographer and producer, staying connected to the practice of Dance whilst aiming to further the sector strategically. Sarah’s current main interests lie in Youth Dance and progression routes for young people, leading Preston Youth Dance Company (now in it’s 10th year) and managing South Yorkshire Youth Dance Company. Sarah is also working with Sarah Gough as Lead Artist on ‘from HEAD to TOE and everything in between’, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded project over the next two years.

Sarah is a Dance Ambassador with National Dance Company Wales, offering outreach support for audiences to learn more about the company’s work.

Sarah is also a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance course at UCLan.

Hannah

Hannah Tongue

Education & Events Co-Ordinator

Hannah is our Education and Events Coordinator, as well one of our Artists that delivers across our schools and community programmes regularly. Working with young people in a creative way is one of Hannah’s great passions. She has developed her practice since graduating, finding an interest in Creative dance, particularly in educational settings. Working alongside teachers and pupils in schools allows Hannah to deepen her knowledge and understanding of working creatively in an educational setting. She loves to see how she can develop curriculum learning through creative movement and dance. Another of Hannah’s passions is music and she loves to attend live gigs as much as possible!

Whilst Hannah has been living in the North West for the past 7 years, she is an original Southerner…and still has the accent! Hannah studied at UCLan and gained her BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching degree in 2016. Hannah also has 6 years teaching experience in many settings including Care Homes, Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Lucy Atkinson

Lucy Atkinson

Finance Officer

Lucy is our Finance Officer, joining Team Moose in February 2020. Lucy helps us with all things numbers and help keep Team Moose thriving!

Artists

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Sarah Gough

Freelance Dance Artist

Sarah regularly delivers on our education programme and is also a Lead Artist on our latest Arts-Based Learning Project ‘from HEAD to TOE and everything inbetween’.

Sarah gained a BA (Hons) degree in Dance in 2004; graduating from York St. John College UK & State University of New York: Potsdam, USA. Sarah specialises in contemporary and creative dance and in writing and delivering creative curriculum for primary settings.

She works passionately to deliver high quality and engaging dance with organisations including Blue Moose Dance Company, Ludus Dance, The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training and The Royal Ballet School.

Also, Sarah is a Part Time Carpenter, a lover of the outdoors and lived on a canal boat for 6 years! Sarah dances because it makes her feel alive!

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Darcey Frost

Freelance Dance Artist

Darcey delivers on our education programme and brings a wonderful energy to Team Moose!

Darcey is slightly obsessed with all things Disney and Marvel, has a cat named Tilly (another thing she’s obsessed with) and has titanium metal in her heart!
Darcey dances because it makes her happy! She also loves seeing people grow and express themselves through dance. It has allowed her to meet many amazing people!

Anna

Anna James

Freelance Dance Artist

Anna delivers on our education programme, with a specialism in working with young people in inclusive settings.

Anna got stung by 39 wasps at the same time (ouch!) She is addicted to chocolate and has a season ticket for Manchester City football club.
Anna dances because she has never known anything different; she uses dance to express herself.

Christina Elazab

Christina Elazab

Freelance Dance Artist

Christina is our Mature Movers and Adult Ballet class teacher and also delivers on our education programme.

Christina is an incredibly passionate and experienced yoga, group exercise and dance teacher as well as personal trainer and well being consultant. She studied at Northern Contemporary Dance gaining a 1st Class Honours Degree and subsequently went on to tour with Verve09.

Having taught in over 10 countries, she has previously designed the well being programmes for TUI holidays global, as well as gaining her yoga teaching qualification in India. Christina believes movement is medicine and is happiest when sharing love, respect, smiles and kindness in the world!

Amber Johnson

Freelance Dance Artist

Amber is our Ingleton Youth Dance and Ingleton Primary teacher and also delivers on our education programme.

Amber has recently completed her PGCE in Secondary Dance as well completing her BA (Hons) in Dance Performance and Teaching at UCLan. Amber has been teaching contemporary dance in a variety of community and educational settings for the last 4 years both in the North West and the Midlands. She loves guiding dancers to develop both their contemporary technique and creative practice. Alongside teaching, Amber loves performing and she once had the opportunity to perform at a Bollywood dance festival in Norway.

Erin Pollit

Freelance Dance Artist

Erin delivers on our education programme and have a particular interest in youth dance.

Erin has a first class degree from NSCD and an MA in dance from the Place as part of their touring company EDGE. She has performed for Anthony Missen (Company Chameleon), Jonathan Poole, Pepa Ubera, Ocean all Over and has appeared in multiple commercials and music videos. Alongside this, Erin teaches in youth setting across the North West, such as the Lowry CAT Scheme, and has recently conducted her own research looking at the link between dancers’ injuries and mental health, and is a volunteer counsellor for the mental health charity Shout. Above all, Erin loves to move and loves to help others find the same joy through moving!

Erin is a die hard Friends fan, is addicted to Belvita breakfast bars, is deeply afraid of spiders. Erin is proud of being a proper northerner, can sleep for days on end and is happiest when in the sun!

Jordan Sheard

Freelance Dance Artist

Jordan is our Associate Artist for our Ingleton Youth Dance and Ingleton Primary classes and also delivers on our education programme.

Jordan has performed with various youth companies and The Lowry’s Centre for Advanced Training. As well as performing, Jordan has also produced her own short dance film.

After training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Jordan developed her practice by joining intensives, R&D’s and work experience with independent artists and companies around the UK including Coalesce Dance Theatre, Ballet Boyz, Ludus Dance, WigLe Dance CIC and Blue Moose Dance Company.

Jordan thrives on sharing her joy of moving to connect with other people but when she’s not dancing, she enjoys yoga, snowboarding and looking after her many plants!

Directors

Michelle Hodgson

Michelle Hodgson

Michelle is a Director of Blue Moose Dance Company CIC and helps guide us forward making use of her MA in Creative Arts Consultancy.  She has been the Commercial Director of the company she owns with her husband for over 20 years and brings a wealth of practical knowledge in management to her role as a director.  Fun fact, Michelle won a disco dancing competition, complete with trophy in 1983!

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Richard Mounsey

Richard is a Director of Blue Moose Dance Company CIC. Richard comes from an Accountancy background and brings a new perspective to the company, helping us stay connected to those outside of Arts backgrounds. Just like Michelle, Richard is a secret Dance pro on the side… he was once awarded a prize for Salsa dancing!