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Meet the Team

Amy Burdon

Founding Director, Lead Dance Teaching Artist
& Creative Producer

Amy set up WigLe Dance as a 25 year old dance graduate with a strong vision for what the organisation could become.  She is an experienced dance teaching artist having worked in school and community settings from the age of 16.  As a producer, Amy has managed and co-ordinated large scale events including Join the Momentum at Wembley Stadium, The Wigan Borough Dance Festival and The Boxing Day Film 42.  Amy graduated from Edge Hill University with a 1st Class BA honours degree in Dance.  

Amy is passionate about using dance as a vehicle for social change, inspiring and empowering young women and girls and creating high quality, inspirational opportunities for young people.

 

Jessica Clarke

Dance Teaching Artist/
Wigan Borough Dance Festival Co-ordinator

Jess joined the WigLe Dance Team in 2021 to support the delivery of WigLe Produces and our community dance programmes.  Since graduating from Creative Academy in 2017, she has travelled the world dancing and performing. Her training included ISTD ballet and modern, commercial, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre. She has performed on contracts in Disneyland Paris, Do Portugal circus touring Costa Rica, Desert Rose Resort in Egypt and an MJ Tribute show touring Spain. Jess is passionate of mine about teaching and choreographing. She loves teaching all styles and ages and specialises in commercial and jazz.

Sophie Barrow

Dance Teaching Artist/Young Producers Co-Ordinator

Sophie is a contemporary focused dance teacher dedicated to developing creativity and imagination through playful moving. Practically she enjoys weird and wonderful movement, being creative and having fun whilst dancing and developing technique. 

Since gaining a First-Class BA (Hons) in Dance Performance and teaching at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire), Sophie has taught in both educational and community settings across the Northwest, teaching all ages ranging from 3-85! She strongly believes that dance should be accessible for all.

Alongside her experience teaching in schools and working with young people to develop choreography & technique, she has worked with inspiring individuals such as Lisa Simpson through Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance, developing invaluable skills and a passion for supportive Dance work, helping, and encouraging all people to participate in practical arts sessions.

As a freelance dance artist, Sophie  jumped onto numerous projects, including creating accessible workshops alongside Lisa Simpson and SENSE, supporting development of kickstart projects at Curious Minds and co-choreographing work with Dance Syndrome.

Amy Burdon

Founding Director, Lead Dance Teaching Artist
& Creative Producer

Amy set up WigLe Dance as a 25 year old dance graduate with a strong vision for what the organisation could become.  She is an experienced dance teaching artist having worked in school and community settings from the age of 16.  As a producer, Amy has managed and co-ordinated large scale events including Join the Momentum at Wembley Stadium, The Wigan Borough Dance Festival and The Boxing Day Film 42.  Amy graduated from Edge Hill University with a 1st Class BA honours degree in Dance.  

Amy is passionate about using dance as a vehicle for social change, inspiring and empowering young women and girls and creating high quality, inspirational opportunities for young people.

 

Jessica Clarke

Dance Teaching Artist/
Wigan Borough Dance Festival Co-ordinator

Jess joined the WigLe Dance Team in 2021 to support the delivery of WigLe Produces and our community dance programmes.  Since graduating from Creative Academy in 2017, she has travelled the world dancing and performing. Her training included ISTD ballet and modern, commercial, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre. She has performed on contracts in Disneyland Paris, Do Portugal circus touring Costa Rica, Desert Rose Resort in Egypt and an MJ Tribute show touring Spain. Jess is passionate of mine about teaching and choreographing. She loves teaching all styles and ages and specialises in commercial and jazz.

Sophie Barrow

Contemporary Focused Dance Teacher

Sophie is a contemporary focused dance teacher dedicated to developing creativity and imagination through playful moving. Practically she enjoys weird and wonderful movement, being creative and having fun whilst dancing and developing technique. 

Since gaining a First-Class BA (Hons) in Dance Performance and teaching at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire), Sophie has taught in both educational and community settings across the Northwest, teaching all ages ranging from 3-85! She strongly believes that dance should be accessible for all.

Alongside her experience teaching in schools and working with young people to develop choreography & technique, she has worked with inspiring individuals such as Lisa Simpson through Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance, developing invaluable skills and a passion for supportive Dance work, helping, and encouraging all people to participate in practical arts sessions.

As a freelance dance artist, Sophie  jumped onto numerous projects, including creating accessible workshops alongside Lisa Simpson and SENSE, supporting development of kickstart projects at Curious Minds and co-choreographing work with Dance Syndrome.