About the Director
Director of The Moose Hall
In August 2013 Sue purchased The Moose Hall, Crediton with a view to developing a lively community resource with a focus on dance, movement and well being. The hall has been and still is a hub for weekly sessions, weekend courses, training, performances and family parties.
For the last 12 years Sue has developed a programme of dance work with older people working for Take Art in Somerset and through two projects supported by Arts Council England, Love To Dance and Life Circles.
Sue's working life has been dedicated to the power of dance to animate and inspire people of all ages and abilities to become more creative, self aware and healthy.
As a young person Sue did her RAD ballet exams with Mollie Penn in Exeter and a B.Ed. Hons at Goldsmiths.
She later trained at the Laban Centre and was one of the first people in the UK to receive an MA in choreography under the tutelage of Bonnie Bird, Dorothy Madden and Clement Crisp.
Sue developed her interest in Community Dance when she became a dancer with Footloose Dance Company in Mid Wales. After her MA in Dance Studies, Sue became the director and choreographer for Devon-based Jumpleads Dance Company. Alongside this she worked as Dance Co-ordinator for 5 years at what is now The Exeter Phoenix, running annual People Dancing Events and contributing to large scale Community Arts Projects in Tiverton and Exeter.
Between 2000 and 2017 Sue worked for Arts Council England as the regional Dance Officer for the South West.
Sue thinks Dance should be a core subject on the school curriculum as it enables children and young people to develop their creativity, self-awareness and vitality.
Whilst bringing up her family, Sue ran a successful community dance artist programme in Devon for 12 years, working as a choreographer for Devon's 3D Youth dance project and for community productions with the Crediton Arts Centre. Sue has taught dance at all the key stages at Maynards, Richard Huish College, Queen Elizabeth Community College, Pinhoe Church School and Diptford primary school.
In 2008 Sue worked with ceramicist Sandy Brown and musician Christoffer De Graal to create and perform a live art piece ENTER THE DANCE. Together they worked with 4 Reel Film to create a video that expressed how collaborative work can extend our creativity as artists.