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
Ben Porter
John Rawling

Siân Rhys Morgan
Phil Sanger
Vanessa Simmons
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
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 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