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>   Chris Stenton Executive Director

Chris Stenton is Executive Director of People Dancing, and has worked in community and participatory dance since 1992.Chris leads on strategy and development, pioneering the organisation’s approach to partnership working both within the dance industry and with organisations from other artforms. He heads up a team of specialist Producers and Programme Directors who are focused on professional development, inclusive dance practices, public engagement and membership services for artists, teachers and organisations.

In 2011-2012 he was seconded to lead the UK programme for Big Dance 2012, part of the London 2012 Festival. Chris has written for several books, is a regular contributor to conferences in the UK and internationally and has served on various Boards, including the Voluntary Arts Network and East London Dance.

Chris graduated from Leicester Polytechnic with a degree in performing arts in 1992 and has worked at People Dancing (and its previous incarnations) since then in various roles. Chris says this feels simultaneously like a lifetime and a blink of an eye - both in good ways; no two years have ever been the same. Chris has a distant memory of taking part in dance sessions, aged 7 or 8, led by one of the early Dance Animateurs. He remembers a ripple of excitement at ‘the Dance Animateur coming to school’ but feeling less clear about what that meant. This may or may not have influenced the career route he went on to follow. 


>   Louise Wildish Director of Engagement

Louise has worked in the arts for over 25 years working in diverse spaces from theatres, galleries and museums through to prisons and secure units and with numerous organisations spanning over a freelance career. Her roles have included actor, director, dramaturg, education manager, associate artist and producer.

Louise joined People Dancing in 2013 as Producer, Deaf and disabled People – working on the successful 11 Million Reasons photography exhibition and more recently working across the organisation as Director of Engagement.