Meet the TEAM

Colin Jackson (producer)

Colin has worked in in arts, culture and creative education in a variety of different roles. As well as producing the Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival, Colin runs Creative Learning Partnerships, a consultancy and project delivery company that works with schools, artists, arts organisations and national bodies. 

Lauren Frost (event manager)

Lauren is a freelance events manager and runs Mud Stress Coffee, developing and delivering a wide range of events/projects for both the public and private sectors. Her portfolio extends to music festivals, arts events, community and outreach projects, corporate functions and much more. 

Jinny Truman (marketing/design)

Jinny works in marketing, media and communications. She looks after our design and marketing to make YSDF look spick and span. Jinny's also in charge of box office and hoodies and will probably be the first of many friendly faces you'll see when you arrive at the event. 

Just some of the team...


The movers & shakers

This is more than emails, meetings and telephone calls. These are the folk who have given mind, body and soul to the event. From refreshments to filming, to event management, to networks, to finales, workshops, design, to a friendly piece of advice... these folk have got it covered!

Gail Ferrin

Sian Fraser

Dylan Jackson

Elliott Jackson

Michael Jary

Izzie Larché

Chris Leach

Geoff Mawson

Laura Nicholson

John Rawling

Siân Rhys Morgan

Phil Sanger

Portia Simpson

Frances Thompson

Beth Walker

Martin Ward

Steve Warren

Hannah Wintie-Hawkins

Drew Wintie-Hawkins

The supporters

Advice and guidance aplenty. Emails, coffee, meetings, networking.. and more coffee. Without these folk we couldn't have lifted the event to where it is now. We salute you!

Ione Barton

Jon Beney

Dominic Berry

Nicola Berry

Holly Bilton

Tim Brooks

Niamh Bryson

John Connell

Sonja Crisp

Charlie Croft

Antony Dunn

Scott Ensbury

Dave Fleming

Lyn Fox

Mel Fox

Katy Holmes

Villamore James

Eric Jackson

Myles Jackson

Lisa Kendall

Kelvin Liddle

Shirley Lundstram

Edward Lynch

Sarah Lyon

Ella Mesma

Laura Nicholson

Rachael Norton-Drew

Stuart Page

Ben Porter

Steve Purcell

Susan Ridley

Hannah Robertshaw

Phil Sanger

Vanessa Simmons

Ollie Simpson

Claire Somerville

Kate Staines

Alex Stannard

Bobak Walker

Shaun Wilkinson

Dave Taylor

Tracy Witney

Jordan Young

The Organisations

Many companies and organisations have helped us along the way: as sponsors, supporters and advertisers as well as exciting partnerships to further extend the reach of the Festival. Join the list!

Arts Award

Arts Council England

Brink & Howl Creative

Children & Young People's Dance Network North 

Balbir Singh Dance Company

Dance Across the North

Fancy Dance Shop

Hambleton District Council

Hawk Dance Company


Leeds Arts University

Leeds Beckett University

Make it York

Manor School

Northern Rascals

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

One Dance UK

Studio 8 Photography

Tenfoot Dance Company

The Lowry

Trinity College London


York College

York & North Yorkshire Dance Hub

York Conferences 
York Dance Space

York Theatre Royal

Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Education