Meet the Team
Meet the ambitious team striving to make dance even more accessible across the UK...
Emma Millward - National Dance Manager
Emma began her dance training at a young age, and enjoyed a very successful competitive career retaining many championship titles.
After relocation to the South Coast, Emma concentrated on raising her family and her extensive career in Practice Management, singing and modelling, before returning to study as a Dance Teacher and qualifying with the ISTD. Emma is passionate about the benefits of dance, and the importance of making that experience not only fun, but safe and accessible for all.
Today Emma teams her work at Para Dance UK with working as a freelance dance teacher across Hampshire and Dorset, teaching Classical Sequence, Ballroom, Latin, Disco Freestyle, Street and Rock and Roll to participants aged 2-82.
Lin McGeough - Operations Manager
I have always loved music, my grandparents were amateur ballroom dancers so I grew up seeing the beautiful costumes and trophies and that they were so proud of what they had achieved and the people they helped get involved, I have always wanted to dance but never got around to it. Been involved with Para Dance UK since getting married in 2010 when they helped us with our first dance.
I have three kids growing up way too fast! I love my job, getting to help keep the office running so that everyone in the association can go out and concentrate on their roles.
I particularly enjoy seeing the difference that inclusive dance and para dance sport can make to disabled people’s lives and I look forward to seeing the sport and dance activity grow in the UK.
Michael Joseph - Inclusive Community Dance Officer
Since completing his training at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance 31 years ago, Michael has consistently worked as a choreographer, dance artist, teacher and DSLR dance filmmaker – nationally and internationally. In 2008, he left his position as Assistant Artistic Director with Union Dance after 23 years to establish his career as an Independent Dance Artist.
As an Independent Dance Artist he teaches at Comberton Village College in their after school dance club, Hot House Street Dance 4 Boys in Hitchin and he is a visiting Lecturer at University of Bedfordshire.
After working with State of Emergency on an Inclusive Choreographic project called Choices and Consequences, he wanted to explore working with an Inclusive Community to highlight the benefits of dance to the body. This lead him to Para Dance UK and presently, he is the Inclusive Community Dance Officer.
Selina Johnson - Inclusive Community Dance Officer
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.”
Iain Richards - Marketing & Media Officer
I often say I've got an old man's name assigned to a young man's body. I've worked with Para Dance UK for three years (and counting) across different departments so I've really got to grips with the organisation's structure and its future ambitions are aligned with my own.
I have been working in the media/arts industry in a variety of different roles such as radio presenting, acting and I have gone into film making. I have made short films and a music video in the past. I have been a camera operator on many MOBO Awards music video shoots. I have won a few awards in my short time on this Earth for radio presenting.
I am a big movie fan and a lover of TV as well.
Sometimes, I'll be asked to host Para Dance UK things like competitions and anniversary events so if you see me with a microphone at one of our events, I'm extremely important.