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 an experienced events manager and has developed and delivered 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. 

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Just some of the team...

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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!

Chris Bartram
Sarah Dean
Jenna Drury
Gail Ferrin
Sian Fraser
Dylan Jackson
Elliott Jackson
Michael Jary
Izzie Larché
Chris Leach
Geoff Mawson
Laura Nicholson
Olivia Pearce
Ben Porter

John Rawling

Bobby Pook
Siân Rhys Morgan
Abigail Rushton
Phil Sanger
Sean Selby
Vanessa Simmons
Portia Simpson
Frances Thompson
Beth Walker
Martin Ward
Steve Warren
Sophia White
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
Philippa Ranger
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
Kristian Pellissier
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 Council England
Brink & Howl Creative
Children & Young People's Dance Network North 
Balbir Singh Dance Company
Dance Across the North
Hambleton District Council
Hawk Dance Company
We Are IVE
Leeds Arts University
Leeds Beckett University
Make it York
Northern Rascals
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
One Dance UK
Studio 8 Photography
Tenfoot Dance Company
The Lowry
Trinity College London
UDance
York College
York & North Yorkshire Dance Hub
York Conferences 
York Dance Space
York Theatre Royal
Yorkshire Dance
Yorkshire Education