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Since founding our CIC in 2020, we’ve improved people’s confidence, people’s sense of wellbeing and encouraged new friendships globally.

It started with one creative dance session for adults aged 60+ that ran for 10 years in Tottenham. Today, we are one of the longest running grassroots organisations of its kind in London. We are proud this seed has grown and blossomed into our many offerings which include additional sessions for adults of all ages and abilities.

 Meet the team

Our Community Interest Company is advised, guided and supported by people from a range of ages and backgrounds.

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Elizabeth Arifien

CDL Founder, Managing & Artistic Director

Elizabeth creative emotive performances and projects for others driven by personal and societal themes. She is a creative director, company director, choreographer dance artist and facilitator.

Since graduating from Liverpool Theatre School she has lived in London. Alongside performing  in shows she has conceptualised and produced over countless community output events and classes. In 2016 she founded Visceral Creative to assist and expand creativity into under-represented communities across London. In 2018 she was offered the opportunity to work with Creative Dance 60+ and has since expanded on the success of both of these companies and combined them into Creative Dance London. Elizabeth is also the co founder and creative director of Move Beyond Words and as a filmmaker, choreographer and dance artist her works have been shared on stage and screen at the V&A, Royal Opera House and Lilian Baylis - Sadlers Wells.  
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Laura Hannah Pick

Operational Manager & Development Coach

For 18 years Laura has navigated her way through every department within a number of theatres stretching from the West End to Manchester and Bristol. As Front of House Manager she led one of the largest FOH teams to hit some of the highest financial targets on the biggest shows touring the UK. She then took on the role of administrator where she honed her organisational skills to ensure the Bristol Hippodrome ran smoothly.
Laura is also a narrative coach, exploring the tales we tell ourselves and empowering people to take control of their own stories. Coaching is a powerful tool that - put simply, creates a space for our true selves to be discovered, heard and understood.

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Molly Wright

Dance-artist and Co-founder of Dance Fine Dance,

Molly trained at Trinity Laban gaining an honours degree in Dance Theatre. Following graduation, she has worked as a freelance artist across both London and the UK. Molly has been a lead dance artist at East London Dance for the past 8 years; teaching and choreographing Leap of Faith an over 60’s dance company as well as working on a variety of large scale community dance projects including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Molly founded her own over 60’s dance company Damn Fine Dance in 2012 and they have showcased their work at the Elixir Festival at Sadler’s Wells several times. Their work was also a winner of the Joie de Vivre Dance Film Competition in 2016.

Molly has also been a part of several social enterprise pieces including the Dance to Health project with AESOP (Arts Enterprise With Social Purpose) developing two fall prevention programmes alongside choreographer Jennifer Irons, showcasing the work at London Southbank Centre for their first National Arts and Health Conference.

Pablo Colella

Digital Outreach Worker

Pablo is a cultural marketing and audience engagement professional with a passion for both performance and visual art. With over a decade’s experience working across the arts, fashion and music, Pablo has a proven track record of connecting the public with brilliant cultural experiences.

Pablo brings his passion for opening up dance to all people, from all walks of life no matter their past experience.

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Danièle Lamarche

Adviser

Danièle has worked as a capacity-builder, researcher, strategist, service evaluator and fundraiser for over two decades in the UK and abroad, with women and minority ethnic, environmental, heritage, health, human rights and creative charities and social enterprises.

Having grown up in several continents, she is fluent or dog-paddles through multiple languages.

James Brown

Dance-artist

James is a London based mixed media artist working under the artistic name of JAMSQ. Using movement and visual arts alongside hip-hop and contemporary influences to create a unique movement language that allows freedom and personal expression.

Including his painting practice and tasks within his movement work to allow a new way to perceive movement and how it can be connected to the imagination.

Board of Advisors

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Kay Scorah. Chair

Facilitator, researcher, speaker, performer, yoga teacher, biochemist

I graduated from the University of London in 1976 with a BSc in Biochemistry. In my time at university, I also discovered The Place where I started evening classes in contemporary dance. My frustration with the separation of art and science, and my passion to re-unite them and to communicate through movement and image as well as words, had begun.

My career journey has taken me from Biochemistry, through brand strategy and cross-cultural communications to working with and learning from young people who have had a rough ride through life. (Teenage Cancer Trust and Turning the Tables).

I’ve completed courses in acting, yoga therapy and stand up comedy and still attend as many dance classes as I can. I’ve been a speaker/presenter at Nerd Nite (science standup), Teenage Cancer Trust conferences, The Inexpert Conference 2018 and Basecamp London. You can check my Linkedin page and the HaveMoreFun website for links to some of these.

Before moving back to London after many years living in Dublin and LA, I served on the board of 3 dance and theatre companies; Corn Exchange (Dublin), Dance Theatre of Ireland and Arcane Collective (Los Angeles).

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Dr Jackie Richards

Founder of Creative Dance 60+, Freelance networker, advisor and dancer.

Jackie’s DProf and her final doctorate was researching older dance in contemporary society and mainstream culture.

In 2010 Jackie founded Creative Dance 60+, to create and develop a quality, well managed organisation that offered opportunities for active older people to participate in contemporary creative dance. At the time all on offer locally were armchair exercises, keep fit and ballroom.

A positive, dynamic image of older people as active, creative and participative has developed and this has contributed to challenging stereotypes of older people and brought people from diverse backgrounds together to dance and friendships have flourished. There has always been a welcoming approach and opportunities for people to develop their dance capabilities, confidence and find new interests. Jackie handed over the management in 2016, it is now facilitated and managed by Elizabeth Arifien.

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Rowan Gray

Rowan is the founder of Made to Move, a consultancy based in London. 

He supports individuals, teams and organisations to build resilience. Resilience has a huge role to play in how we lead and respond to many of the crises affecting us, especially climate change. 

Rowan is also training as a psychotherapist and is currently in his 4th year of training with a clinical practice in the NHS and a private practice in Brixton. 

He sees dynamic movement - both physically and psychologically - as an expression of healthy functioning individuals, teams and organisations. In his work he sometimes uses movement as a lens to make change happen. 

He used to work as a consultant at Deloitte and has worked in several large multinational businesses. He has a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development.

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Richard Cross

Sadler's Wells Programme Manager

Originally from the North West, Richard trained as an actor at Arts Educational Schools London gaining a BA (Hons) in Acting. He now works as Programme Manager at Sadler’s Wells. He worked professionally as an actor for several years and has also worked for The Ambassador Theatre Group and as the project coordinator for Elizabeth Arifien.

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Seke Chimutengwende

Choreographer, performer, movement director & teacher

Seke Chimutengwende is a performer, choreographer, movement director and teacher.He studied dance at Lewisham College 1999 - 2001 and London Contemporary Dance School from 2001 – 2004 and went on to perform for companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre, Lost Dog and Fabulous Beast amongst others. Since 2006, Seke has trained extensively in improvisation with a variety of practitioners and with Andrew Morrish in particular. Seke has performed over 60 solo improvisations internationally and performs ensemble improvisation with Neat Timothy. Seke began making choreographies in 2011, including The Time Travel Piece (for The Place Prize 2012) and Black Holes, made in collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley, (The British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019).

Seke is currently researching a new group choreography looking at ghosts and haunted houses as metaphors for how histories of slavery and colonialism haunt the present. Since 2018, Seke has also worked as a movement director for theatre productions at The Yard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and The Gate Theatre. Seke is currently a guest lecturer in improvisation at The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School.

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Louise Martell

Group Strategy Partner at OMD EMEA

Louise is an advertising and media professional with over 25 years experience, working with the world's biggest brands and most creative businesses. She has always loved all forms of dance, movement and sport. She is passionate about the role of movement in supporting us in our lives as they evolve, and sees it as crucial in helping balance the increasing pressures on our mental and physical wellbeing.

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Matthew Ballantine

People-centred digital transformation specialist.

Matt is a social scientist who has spent much of his three-decade career working in technology management in organisations across many sectors. He spent formative years at the BBC where he shaped technology strategy for the profit-making arm of the corporation and has also worked for Reuters, Microsoft and global marketing agency Imagination. in the 2010s he ran a successful independent innovation consulting business Stamp London and helped clients including UK government departments, professional services firms, telecoms and utility companies and many more.

His current day job is leading Technology and Transformation for London social housing provider RHP, and outside of work he spends time with his family and noodles about with electronic music.

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