Louise describes herself as a woman of mixed Ugandan and English heritage and has been a versatile contributor to the UK dance scene for over two decades.
She is especially acknowledged for her national and international development work in dance by, for and with disabled people.
In 2006 her company of cross-generational, culturally diverse, disabled and non-disabled professional dancers, Foot In Hand, made history at The Place Prize semi-finals with one of the first works featuring dancers with impairments. In 2012, she co-choreographed the inclusive dance aspect of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Sailing Events in Weymouth and was commissioned to create new works for the Olympic and Paralympic torch celebrations in Leicester.
Based in Leicester, she has enjoyed a broad portfolio career as a performer, teacher, choreographer and - now parenthood is in progress - increasingly, a consultant, strategic thinker, dramaturg and creative producer.
She describes her role at People Dancing as follows:
“The Change I am attempting to produce through this role and my association, as a still active freelance dance artist with a national and international ACE NPO, is toward better equity around who People Dancing employs, supports, develops and serves. It is a role I have been quietly growing into – or did it grow out of me? – at People Dancing since 2016, when, inspired by Urban Bush Women’s keynote speech at Serendipity UK’s conference that year, Chris Stenton, suggested we apply for funds to work together to augment the voice and presence of women of the African Diaspora in community, educational and participatory dance. You can read more about what this funding achieved here: Voice and Presence... the story so far.
In Autumn 2020 People Dancing invested in employing me part-time in order to extend ‘Voice and Presence’ to include all global majority artists. I am beyond excited to continue our journey together which extends all the way back to membership in the mid-90s through serving on the board 2002-2009 and now move on to industry Change Making for the future.”
Louise trained at London Contemporary Dance School, Coventry University (Performing Arts) holds a first-class degree in Film and Literature from the University of Warwick and trained as a life coach. She is board adviser to Turned On Its Head Early Years Dance Theatre, a board member of ArtReach a multi- and outdoor arts company and NeSSIE, a children’s mental health charity. She is also trustee of ASSITEJ UK, one branch of a larger international network around arts for young audiences and temporarily co-opted as a board member of Phoenix Dance Theatre, the UKs leading Black contemporary dance company.
Image Louise Katerega. Photo: Natasha King at Clifton Photographic in the Bath studio.