Lucy McCrudden, aka Dance Mama, is dance entrepreneur and advocate. She is Founder of dancemama.org – a community, ACE funded activity programme and platform profiling significant parents in dance and the arts. Lucy has dove-tailed her own work with holding key positions in learning and participation over the last 18 years. These include: Dance Artist in Residence for DanceXchange (2004), Manager for London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, Centre for Advanced Training (2005-11), Expert Panel member of the DFE Music and Dance Scheme representing the National Dance CATs (2007-2010), Vice-Chair of Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Arts Grants Panel (2006-2009), Learning & Participation Manager, Rambert (2014-16), Chair of the Board of Trustees Dance Woking (2014-16), Head of Learning and Participation, Rambert (2016-18), Project Manager, Chance to Dance, Royal Opera House (2019-20), Mentor & Lecturer, ISTD DDP course (2021). As an independent specialist she has taught over 19,000 people across the UK and has engaged with a wide variety of dance and arts organisations in many other capacities; consultant, management, choreography, and presenting/public speaking. She is Ambassador for the Parents in Performing Arts Campaign and Secretariat to the Scientific Advisory Board, Active Pregnancy Foundation.
Harmony Arts is part of the growing movement of practitioners offering dance and music for emotional, psychological, and therapeutic benefits. Sarra Whicheloe, the director of Harmony Arts, is an Indian dancer and Natural Voice Practitioner. Nick Fairbrother is a musician and storyteller who works with Sarra delivering creative projects in schools and the community. We bring people together in creative dialogue through dance, music and storytelling to enrich our lives, build communities and to care for our planet.
Sarra has trained in Indian Classical Dance, Bharatanatyam in India as well as in London. Indian Classical Dance integrates stylised movement with theatre, set to a rich tapestry of melody and rhythm. There are pure dance movements as well as theatrical dance. At Harmony Arts we draw inspiration from stories, songs and poems from within our own communities and from across the world.
Ex-Contemporary/Ballet Dancer and Martial Artist, turned Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist. I was a founding lecturer/Senior lecturer/Course Leader of the Undergraduate Dance degree at Kingston University and led practical and theoretical modules there for 12 years. I now offer wellbeing training, coaching and remedial treatment to Dancers and the general public. I’m also on the board of trustees for Dance West.