Meet the Team
Eddie Longworth – Interim CEO
In my day job, I advise companies large and small on the future strategy and operational models that will help them to achieve their goals. I work mainly in the insurance claims sector, and I bring expertise and experience that includes an in-depth understanding of organisational challenges, servicing customers and modern technology opportunities in communications and management
I am sure that this background will enable me to help Para Dance to define and achieve their growth plans and to provide a great service to their members, clients, and the wider community
In my spare time, I am a competitive ballroom dancer on the open amateur circuit, so I also bring a passion for all things dance-related, and I am sure I will be helping to explore and develop our dance capabilities and community participation in our activities.
Selina Johnson – Head of Inclusive Dance
I started dance at the age of 2 years and have never stopped since! I went on to study for my teaching qualifications At Bristol School of Dance and The Judith Hockaday school of dance where I gained qualifications in AISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and disco freestyle, AIDTA Ballet, Tap and Modern, BTDA Ballet and RAD TC Ballet, ISTD Intermediate National and also Gained LAMDA ALAM.
After graduating I went on to perform for 10 years around the world covering a wide variety of shows including lead principle Vienna Festival Ballet with English National Ballet, Principal lead with The Boyfriend on tour, Operas, Pantomimes, Cruise ships, film credits The Remains of the Day Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson to name but a few!!!
After performing I decided to go back into teaching where I have successfully operated my own performing arts schools and also teach in many schools delivering GCSE, A-Level dance and after school dance clubs. My latest project has been joining Para Dance UK. The aim of this organisation is to make dance accessible to all which I love. The most rewarding part of being a teacher is to see the happiness and joy dance brings to all and to make a difference to people’s lives of all ages and ability.
In Summary! “A creative caring Dance Teacher who specialises in working with young children and adults helping them to explore within to release their creative inner selves. The best part about teaching is sharing the journey whilst progressing and achieving beyond both myself and the pupil.”