Nicholas has spent his working life holding different roles within the social care sector. He started at a residential therapeutic community for emotionally traumatised boys, offering stern love in a planned and supervised nurturing environment. From there he discovered the power of art and creative activities as a means of communication and healing. He trained firstly as a Dramatherapist, then as a Dance Movement Therapist, taking a full-time position for 10 years in an adult mental health unit of the NHS in Essex.
Nicholas has developed a particular interest in mediation skills, working as a community mediator, as a facilitator with the Quaker Peace in Education project and working in a challenged Dudley school alongside a police officer. He was instrumental in setting up peer mediation services, which trained young people to resolve their own problems and conflicts without teacher intervention.
Nicholas has until recently been working with Birmingham City Council Children’s Services, where he gained a first-class honours degree in Social Work. He learnt how to cope with the challenging and pressured environment of statutory social work and be available to support young people of all ages, their families and professionals. Following his decision to leave in 2017, he is interested to bring his experience of working with young people to the participatory projects of Moving Souls Dance so that targeted young people from particular communities can be included in these programmes.
Ginnie is an Independent Producer currently working with dance theatre artists Shane Shambhu and Subhash Viman. Her passion is to work with culturally diverse artists and companies who explore traditional and classical dance theatre languages to find new ways of presenting their work to communities and audiences today. This creative cultural dialogue has been informed by her professional practice and her MA in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey, which focused on the artistic and contextual issues underpinning the development of Bharatanatyam in Britain.
Ginnie’s professional experience in the Midlands for the past 15 years has included producing dance tours for Daksha Sheth Dance Company visit to the Edinburgh Festival and Outdoor Festival National Theatre (2002); Anurekha Dance Company Noor (2007) and managing the Ballet Hoo Changed my Life Channel 4 Film project for Birmingham Royal Ballet (2006). Whilst working for Birmingham City Council she co-ordinated artist in residence programmes, the Olympic Torch Arts Festival 2012 and the Connecting Communities programme with three other cities featuring cultural co-design practice from 2014 -16. She was Dance Officer for Arts Council West Midlands from 2002-5.
Ginnie’s approach to participatory arts has been developed through her professional experience working with Leaps & Bounds Inspiring Change (Wrosne, Chasing Fate and Ballet Hoo Moving On 10th Anniversary); Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company; Extemporary Dance Theatre and Second Stride.