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Mel Knott biography

Mel Knott is currently a Lecturer in Community Dance Practice at De Montfort University and Associate Dance Artist at Curve. She is a dance artist and educator, who has worked as  a choreographer, teacher and consultant for a range of dance organisations. She teaches and choreographs dance in higher education, schools and within the youth and community dance sector, and leads Curve's Young Dance Company. 

Mel was the choreographer for Curve’s community productions of Fiddler on the Roof (2018) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017), and movement director on Made at Curve productions of Giraffes Can’t Dance (2019), Cat in the Hat (2018), Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine (2017), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (2016), Roald Dahl’s The Witches (2015/16). She has also created a number of dance pieces for both stage and site-specific environments for Curve Young Dance Company and been choreographer for other CYC productions 10:10 (2018), The Siren Club (2018), Oklahoma! (2017), Happy and Glorious (2016), We’ll Meet Again (2015) and the Leicester based-dance artist for New Art Club’s Hercules (2015).  In 2014 Mel worked alongside Nikolai Foster to create a large-scale community performance for Richard III reinterment at Leicester Cathedral. 

Mel regularly leads and supports organisations on professional development for teachers, dance artists and national dance organisations on delivering high quality dance education to children and young people within schools and the youth and community sectors. She is a former Executive Chair of One Dance UK’s Children and Young People’s Expert Panel, a mentor for their teacher mentoring scheme and a contributor to Dance 4’s development work in education and with the Centre for Advanced Training. Prior to moving to the East Midlands, Mel enjoyed 12 years as the Director of Dance at The BRIT School in London.


Photo: Mel Knott teaching at People Dancing Summer School 2019. Photographer: Rachel Cherry.