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"Those who know me know just how much this means"
Date posted: 04 July 2017
Charlotte Tomlinson is the winner of the Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner award, sponsored by People Dancing, under the inaugural One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards. Here we profile Charlotte's award-winning work with children and young people in the East Midlands...
Charlotte Tomlinson
Charlotte Tomlinson first got interested in inclusive dance when she was 14, after doing some work experience in a special school, in Leicester. She went on to study for a Dance degree at Roehampton University and it was there she discovered her two great passions: community dance and dance science.

After going on to complete her MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban, Charlotte lectured at Chichester College before combining her role as freelance community dance practitioner with lecturing at Leicester College.

Working with Anima Dance Company, under Sue Rosenbloom, Charlotte set up her own ‘Showtime’ dance class for mature adults, a class which continues eight years later. She went on to co-found SideKick Dance, running dance activities for young people and adults with additional needs.

Charlotte’s career development has seen her become an author, guest lecturer and SiDI course provider and quality reviewer. She is a member of People Dancing, One Dance UK and the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). For a week, last month, SideKick staged its first-ever Bloom Inclusive Dance Festival, in Leicester.

On receiving her One Dance UK Award from People Dancing Vice Chair Jane Ralls, Charlotte said: “Those who know me know just how much this means to me.

"I’m speechless. All I do is what I love, what I believe in. I put my heart and soul into community dance, particularly in inclusive settings, because I see how much the dancers gain from it.

“Everybody has the right to dance and I just try to provide quality dance opportunities for as many people as possible, particularly those with additional needs. I’m flattered that someone - I still don't know who - has taken the time and effort to nominate me, especially as I know so many wonderful dance teachers who have inspired me over the years. Thank you so much!”