SLiDE was co-founded in 2013 by Gemma Coldicott and Anita Wadsworth following extensive research into the community dance provision in Croydon. Significant gaps were identified and in particular the research showed a lack of opportunities for disabled people to access dance.
Between them Anita and Gemma have over 25 years of dance experience including choreographing and facilitating dance. They have worked for organisation such as Stopgap Dance, Royal Academy of Dance, Urdang and the Brit School.
SLiDE Patron: Crystal Yu
Since gaining her dance teaching qualification with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance at the age of 19, Crystal has worked extensively in primary, secondary and SEN schools across London and in Hong Kong. She is passionate about creating equal opportunities and strongly believes that dance should be a creative platform accessible to people of all ages and all abilities.
Crystal is delighted to be part of the SLiDE family and is looking forward to help spread the word. Crystal is currently playing the role of Dr. Lily Chao in BBC One’s Casualty.
We have 5 Champions who represent the diverse communities we work with. Our Champions meet to provide advice and guidance on the direction of SLiDE and future projects. They also help us by talking to people about our work and volunteering at SLiDE events.
Board of trustees
Anna Chesters: Anna works at the Guardian working within Membership, running a national programme of arts and food events. She brings her experience of arts marketing and communications, and an enthusiastic amateur’s love of dance, to the SLiDE Board.
Joanne Lyons: In 2007, Joanne graduated from Laban with a Postgraduate Certificate in Dance in Community and then, in 2010, finished a Postgraduate Certificate in Physical Theatre with Jasmin Vardimon Company. Joanne is currently the General Manager at Candoco Dance Company.
Thomas Cresswell: Having qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 2007, Thomas has worked within finance departments in marketing and communication companies. He has worked and lived in Japan and Australia for several years, and although not a skilled dancer – he does enjoy supporting and watching it, hence his involvement with SLiDE.
Swazi Rodgers: Swazi has 25 years experience of fundraising in the non-profit sector. This includes children’s charities, the prison service and overseas aid organisations. Swazi is enthusiastic about dance, but not especially skilled. In March 2015 she danced for 6 hours to raise funds for Comic Relief and won’t be repeating this feat any time soon.
We are committed to best practice in inclusive arts and SLiDE policies and annual reports are available on request.