RJC Dance has a staff team of 4 supported by freelance artists. We work in partnership with many organisations across the city of Leeds and internationally.
Established in 1993, Kathy is a founder member of RJC Dance & key developer of it's Youth Provision made up of young people aged 4 years-19 years. Kathy became Director of RJC Dance in 2011.
Originally from Manchester, Kathy is a British Olympic gymnast who represented Great Britain in the Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games in 1984. Following her acclaimed International Gymnastics career Kathy retired after the World Student Games in Zagreb in the summer of 1987 and began training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, qualifying with a BPA. From her own inspirations, as an Olympic Gymnast she dedicates her career today going above and beyond to provide young people with life changing experiences, creating access to the arts & creative industries.
Kathy is a qualified therapeutic counsellor, youth worker, artistic gymnastics coach and she has acquired the Diploma for Connexions Personal Advisors.
Stefanie has worked as the Administrator for RJC Dance since 2012 and is delighted to be part of the staff team of such an exciting community dance organisation.
Stefanie is a graduate of Kent University and has been involved professionally in the Arts for over 28 years both as a practitioner then as a manager and arts administrator. She has toured nationally with companies such as Pilot Theatre, Red Ladder Theatre and Alison Andrews Co. and spent over 20 years as the Tour Manager for Red Ladder Theatre Company. During this time she contributed and nurtured the development of The Asian Theatre School, supporting Black & Asian diverse artists, from a regional to a national level.
In 2011 she began working as a freelance arts administrator creating UK Independent Arts Administration and her current portfolio includes professional contracts for Hidden Gems Productions, Huddersfield and Web of Dreams Productions in their new business ventures.
Nillanthie Morton's interest in dance began at the age of 14 when he became a member of RJC Dance Youth Provision. Nillanthie worked his way through the youth provision and became an apprentice with RJC Dance.
Post the apprenticeship Nillanthie auditioned at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and in September 2007 was accepted onto the one year Foundation Course. Nillanthie continued to develop and progressed onto the 3 year degree course and successfully graduated in summer 2011. Nillanthie is an up and coming young contemporary performer and choreographer , who has worked with urban, contemporary and classical dance styles. His first commission was with the Big Dance Event 2012 where he choreographed a new performance piece for Shahck Out Saturday called ' Beat Down' , a combination of urban dance styles using body percussion and vocal expressions, performed in Millennium Square, Leeds July 2012.Nillanthie also directs and performs in an emerging dance group Dee-Koyy which uses Soca, Carribbean and Urban dance styles
Marie Obirigya is thrilled to join the team as the new RJC Dance Organisation Assistant. She is a graduate of Derby University and has been involved in the Arts for over 4 years as part of the Musical Theatre and Choir group. Marie developed her administration and organisation skills during her time as the president, treasurer and secretary of these clubs. Marie successfully completed a BA Hons in Psychology with Law. She loves animals and caring for her hearing impaired border collie Esmee.