Meet the Cheshire Dance Board


Cheshire Dance is governed by a Board of Directors, who holds responsibility for the decision making with regard to policy-making and the overall direction of the organisation. The Board monitors progress of programmes, finance and other strategic development relating to Cheshire Dance. The Artistic and Strategic direction of Cheshire Dance is developed by the Director in collaboration with both Board and Staff.

If you would like to join the Cheshire Dance Board, find out more here.


Jan Halloran, Chair (MA, BEd hons, LRAD)

Person centred practice with a belief that every move made with intention is valuable underpins Jan’s work as an independent dance artist with 35 years’ experience.

Over the years she has worked in education (nursery, primary, secondary, HE and FE, mainstream and special education), community (all ages, physicalities and intellects), health (mental health, ageing), prison service (prisons, probation services), delivering at conferences, delivering CPD for teachers and dance artists, research, project management, performance, and choreography. In recent years, she has mainly concentrated on large projects delivered by Cheshire Dance.

Since moving to the North West 23 years ago, Jan has made strong connections with all the dance organisations in the NW, has always advocated for the voice of the dance artist and currently is a representative on the Artist Led for Artists group. 

Jan was awarded her MA Dance Studies from John Moore's University Liverpool, a BEd (Hons) from London University Goldsmiths, a Cert Ed from Laban, London, LRAD  Royal Academy of Dance London.


Nina Osbaldeston (Treasurer)

Nina attended Southampton University studying accountancy and statistics. After graduating in 1978, she worked for Phillips and qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1980. She worked in various roles and locations in the south east for Phillips, finishing in 1991.

She moved to south Manchester in 1996 and worked part time for a recruitment company, then a wine importer until she retired in 2015.



Tracey Oultram

Tracey has worked in various ad agencies and is now a freelance Graphic Designer. She formerly worked as a youth worker and has volunteered on initiatives for adults with learning disabilities.

Tracey has had a variety of jobs - largely underpinned by her graphic design career - and is very keen on engaging with and empowering young people (in particular) to gain access to all aspects of youth services and the opportunities available to them – no matter what their circumstances.

Tracey works with several charities in the North West, including Seashell Trust, PIPS Stockport and Manchester Action on Street Health women’s charity (MASH). This has helped her to gain more of an understanding of people and sections of society facing social disadvantages and how they can be helped and empowered through engagement and gaining access to services.


Bettina Carpi

Bettina is from Bern, Switzerland and trained at London School of Contemporary Dance. Since graduating in 1999, she has worked as a freelance artist for various choreographers and companies and was a member of CandoCo Dance Company for eight years, creating, performing, touring and teaching nationally and internationally.

More recently, Bettina has been working closely with Marc Brew as rehearsal director and assistant.

Since 2011 Bettina has performed for Arthur Pita in a number of productions - most notably in his award-winning dance theatre production of 'Metamorphosis' - and with Annie Pui Ling Lok in various performance projects. 

Bettina is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester where she is studying for an MA with the generous help of the Dancers Career Development Fund.


Gillian Whitworth

After obtaining a degree in Modern History at Southampton University, Gill became a Newsdesk Assistant at The Observer newspaper in London. 

She relocated to Manchester to become a Production Assistant at Granada TV, working in the control room on live shows, documentaries and in Continuity on film drama. Ten years later, she joined the storylining team and subsequently, the scriptwriting team.

After obtaining a CTLLs certificate, a passionate believer in the creative benefits of collaborative working, Gill moved into teaching adults, developing, marketing and running several storylining workshops at The People's History Museum in Manchester, which attracted a diverse and very enthusiastic group of new writers. Gill still mentors some of these writers today.

Keen to spend more time in pursuit of her other enthusiasm, dance, Gill joined the Board of Trustees of Cheshire Dance in 2019. 


Shelley Owen

Shelley Owen is a performance artist creating and touring dance and interdisciplinary work internationally.

Masters alumni of London Contemporary Dance School, she is a researcher for the International Interdisciplinary Improvisation Festival (WHAT IIIF?), mentor and Class of 2020 associate artist at The Lowry (Salford).

Shelley creates work in response to her own lived experience, with research interests including; gender and identity, womanhood, representation of body in the gallery, cognition, and contemporary performance making.

Facilitating workshops for movement and sound performance professionals and student groups. In addition, she is an advocate for the voice of independent artists and is a representative and working group member for the North West of England dance artist led for artists network (ALFA).


Josh Slater

Josh is a full time lecturer and performance artist working across dance and theatre. He studied his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in performance at the University of Chester and is now pursuing a PhD in Dance at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. 

Josh is a lecturer in Dance, Theatre & Performance at Plymouth Conservatoire part of an ongoing partnership between the University of Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth. Josh has previously lectured at the University of Chester and the Worcester University. 

Josh creates work that explores dynamic and thought provoking dance theatre as well as touring instant composition work, site based practices and political theatre. 


Shamima Noor

Born and bred in Leeds, Shamima holds an undergraduate degree in English and an MA degree in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies from University of Leeds. She previously worked at Leeds Playhouse from July 2017 to March 2019, and at Yorkshire Dance as the Marketing and Communications Officer from April 2019-April 2020. She is now the Marketing and Communications Manager at Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Alongside her role as a board member at Cheshire Dance, she is also a member of the board of trustees for Utopia Theatre, a touring theatre company based in Sheffield. A Creative Access Alumni, she is passionate about utilising digital tools and developing strategies to reach new audiences and increase diversity in the arts. 




Find out more about the Cheshire Dance Team here.



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