Our Inspirational Speaker Series are back in January 2022. This time our speakers are:

Monday, January 10th 10.00-11.00am
Cai Tomos MA SEP - Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist

Tuesday, January 18th - 10.00-11.00am
Jamiel Laurence - Dance Artist, Choreographer, Filmmaker, Producer

Friday, January 21st - 10.00-11.00am
Christine Maupetit - Legacy Creative Producer, Akram Khan Company

Tuesday, January 25th - 1.30-2.30pm
Gary Clarke – Artistic Director, Choreographer, Independent Dance Artist

Friday, January 28th - 10.00-11.00am
Dollie Henry – BOP Artistic Director, Director, Choreographer, Creative Mentor, Educator | Author, BOP Jazz Theatre Company

Monday, January 31st 10.00-11.00am
Morag Deyes MBE - Former Artistic Director of Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh and currently Curator for Dance Base Edinburgh Festival Fringe           

Cost £10 per session or £50 for all six speakers. If finance is a barrier please do not let it be.


Cai Tomos MA SEP

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist

Cai Tomos is an independent dance artist and Arts Psychotherapist. He has worked as a performer and maker and over then last 15 years his work has centred around health and the role of dance and the creative arts for all.

He has been a resident artist at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital for 6 years offering bespoke bedside dances and conversations with patients in Oncology, HIV and Older people wards. He has ran a movement group ( CAIN)  in North Wales for over 10 years which has been a big part of his learning and development in dance with people who are older. He is an artist with Entelechy Arts and co-facilitates Ambient Jam sessions for adults with PMLD in Antur Waunfawr in North Wales. 



Dance Artist, Choreographer, Filmmaker, Producer

Jamiel Laurence occupies a unique position within the wider arts economy, as an artist creating work through collaborative practice while also producing the work of other artists through entrepreneurship, bringing together his experience as a Performer, Creative, Director and Venue Manager.

As an award winning Choreographer & Filmmaker, Jamiel has now created works for several notable organisations including BBC ARTS, BBC Scotland, BBC Connected Studio, Google, OneDanceUK, 3Tone Records, The Peter Darrell Trust, Celtic Connections, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, Edinburgh Fringe 2015, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland and more.

Since 2020, Jamiel has demonstrated the ability to facilitate new opportunities, founding the ongoing #FundFreelanceDance initiative, and more recently creating the unique event concept, BALLET NIGHTS.

​Now seeking to work with likeminded thinkers on exciting projects outing dance into new spaces, Jamiel is focused on opportunities that assist with the recovery of the arts & culture sector post-pandemic and create conditions in which artists can thrive​

In September 2021, Jamiel became the Creative Director and first choreographer for the newly formed Cardiff based company, Rubicon Dance Company. After selecting the companies founding members, Jamiel will be creating the company's first full length production, "The Nutcracker" premiering December 10th 2021.



Christine Maupetit, Legacy Creative Producer, Akram Khan Company

Christine Maupetit started dancing at a very early age and got herself hooked thanks to the passion of her hometown dance teacher. She pursued professional training at Centre James Carlès (Toulouse, France) and started her career as a professional dancer, working with several companies in France. She had lots of questions about dance and decided to embark on the journey of academic research. She graduated with a MA in Dance Research from Paris 8 University in 2014. She published some articles and reviews for specialised dance magazines.

In 2015, she decided to explore another route in dance and to continue learning so she moved to London and joined Akram Khan Company in June 2016 as Communication and Archives Assistant, and then as Participation Projects Coordinator, and soon took in charge the Legacy department in 2017 to be now AKC Legacy Creative Producer. In this role, she develops a wide range of projects both at the national and international level, from education to repertoire transmission, intensive training programmes to bespoke community immersion and engagement projects.

In 2018, she spent two months in New York City at Trisha Brown Dance Company volunteering as Archives Assistant for Trisha Brown Archive.

Christine is driven by her curiosity and her relentless need to understand the world through movement. 



Gary Clarke 

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Independent Dance Artist 

Gary Clarke is an award-winning British Choreographer, Dancer and Artistic Director. He is renowned for creating groundbreaking contemporary dance theatre that resonates with both audiences and critics alike. He has worked with some of the world’s most prolific dance companies and choreographers including Matthew Bournes New Adventures and DV8 Physical Theatre. Gary is currently an Honorary Fellow at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. 


Dollie Henry

BOP Artistic Director | Director | Choreographer | Creative Mentor | Educator | Author
BOP Jazz Theatre Company

Dollie has led a respected career of 40 years as a performer, choreographer, theatre director, creative Jazz artist and educator. She is recognised as one of the most formidable exponents of artistic and creative Jazz dance and theatre dance, both in the UK and globally. Dollie’s creative and educational reputation is widely revered and respected, alongside her breadth of work as a performer, creative artist and choreographer, which has been vast and varied ranging from – Director/Choreographer and Movement Director on West End Theatre Productions, Theatre Plays, Films, TV to Concert Dance, Jazz Theatre productions and Concert Dance Performances. Dollie continues to share her energy and passion successfully as a freelance choreographer and theatre director worldwide.

In 1996, Dollie founded her own Jazz Theatre Company - Body of People (BOP). Now in its 25th year, Dollie and her co-director/Musical Director Jazz Composer/Trumpeter husband Paul Jenkins, have produced and performed an array of Jazz Theatre productions and repertoire that continues to raise the platform for the Art form of Jazz Dance, Music & Theatre making. Through the company, Dollie’s creative and commissioned works continue to make an impact and have been performed by dance companies and in theatre venues worldwide.

As part of Dollie's ongoing educational philosophy, she has initiated The BOP Jazz Dance Education Programs presented in UK, Europe and the Caribbean. Over the last 30 years, BOP has presented successful Creative and Educational Jazz Programs, Jazz Dance residencies, workshops, mentoring programs and Jazz seminars worldwide. Dollie’s creative work as a guest jazz artist and theatre choreographer continues unabated working with international Dance Companies, Performing Arts Colleges and Dance Schools, Jazz programs at Broadway Dance Center, NYC and at Pineapple Dance Studios where she can be found teaching her spirited open Jazz dance classes. 

Dollie is a Jazz Lecturer/Choreographer at Trinity Laban Music & Dance Conservatoire, Mountview Arts London and PPA Academy Guildford. Associate Member of ISTD and Honorary Member of IDTA. Her other roles as a creative professional include, Patron at The Hammond School and Ignite Dance Company. In collaboration with her Jazz composer-husband Paul Jenkins, Dollie has also published the highly recommended book ‘The Essential Guide to Jazz Dance’ available direct from their publishers Crowood Press: Essential Guide to Jazz Dance by Dollie Henry & Paul Jenkins.

Dollie is recognised as an active, passionate and forward-thinking voice, supporting EDI representation within our UK education and performing arts sectors and continues to share her knowledge and expertise to effect positive changes and more acceptance of art forms that hail from the black dance diaspora, such as Jazz and provide artistic Jazz dance theatre with a platform of visibility, to be viewed as part of our ever-evolving British Dance Theatre narrative.

As an experienced creative and mentor, Dollie is instrumental in developing and steering the careers of many dancers and creatives, now employed in established dance companies, musical theatre productions and concert dance shows across the world. Through BOP, Dollie continues to offer Associate Jazz Artist programs, Jazz Theatre & Dance workshops and Residencies, with an open-door policy to the next generation of aspiring jazz artists, dancers and dance arts community.

Dollie Henry epitomizes all it is to be a consummate, all-encompassing creative artist. A fusion of expertise and genuine expression of creative spirit allows this Lady to sustain her position as the catalyst for the Jazz dance art form and its legacy in the UK, enabling her to share her passion and creativity all over the world.

For more info about Dollie and her company BOP Jazz Theatre Company (UK) - visit the

BOP website: www.bop.org.uk

BOP YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/bopjazzdance

BOP Creative Shop: https://sellfy.com/bopjazz-uk



Morag Deyes MBE, Former Artistic Director of Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh and currently Curator for Dance Base Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Morag was Artistic Director of Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh from 1994-2021. She now works for the organisation as Curator for its Edinburgh Festival Fringe season and other projects. After training in Edinburgh in ballet, tap, flamenco, jazz and contemporary, Morag went on to dance professionally and has taught and choreographed work around the world. Morag was Artistic Director of the Bath Fringe Festival from 1990-1994.

Morag Deyes was the creative force behind the transition from Dance Base’s previous home at the Assembly Rooms to its current Grassmarket site. She has directed the hugely successful Dance Base shows Off Kilter, the Holyrood Palace Garden Party Celebrations for Dance Base (patron HRH Prince Charles) and programmed the Urban Dance stages for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations in 2004-06. She is a Scottish representative on UK National Dance Network (NDN). She received an MBE for Services to Dance in Scotland in the HRH Queen Elizabeth’s New Years Honours List 2007 and the prestigious Spirit of the (Edinburgh) Fringe Award 2009.  

International projects include Norddance, a showcase and exchange programme between Scotland and all Scandinavian countries, work with artists in India with Drishtikon Foundation/Aditi Mangaldas and Shilpika Bordoloi of The Brahmaputra Foundation, also with makers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea with a significant relationship in Palestine with the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. 

Morag is also the founder of Scotland's first semi-professional elder touring dance company, PRIME, currently housed at Dance Base.