Meet the Team

Can’t Dance Can pride themselves on the quality of their dance artist team. Every artist undergoes regular professional development training, has certifications in dance or teaching, is DBS checked, has their own Public Liability Insurance and has completed child protection training.

Romina Thornton


Romina gained a BA (Hons) in Communication Arts Studies in Media and Performance – Dance at York St John College. Since then, Romina has been involved in a variety of dance projects, teaching both curriculum and non curriculum based classes to pupils of all ages and varied ability. Romina previously undertook the role of Youth Coordinator for Can’t Dance Can (as Spiral Dance) and was a performer and member of the professional contemporary dance company ‘Eklectika’. Romina has over 10 years experience, building a wealth of knowledge and love for her art. She has recently studied a PGCE in Education and Training in the Post Compulsory Sector and is the artistic director for Can’t Dance Can.

Areas of Dance Interest: Youth dance, site specific, collaborative work, cross curricular links and choreography.

Margaret Greenwood


Margaret trained at Lady Mabel College achieving a Cert Ed PE Specialist Course – specialising in Dance. She also has a B.Ed(Hons) Dance and Education from Sheffield University. She has taught KS3, GCSE and A-level dance for a number of years across the Rochdale Borough and has completed the Leading Dance with Older People course which enabled her to work for Can’t Dance Can (Spiral Dance) as dance artist to deliver the Older Peoples Project. She is currently a Freelance Dance Teacher and teaches at a secondary school.

Areas of Dance Interest: Older People, Creative Curriculum- Using dance to support teaching and learning.

Sophie Taylor


Sophie graduated from York St John University where she studied contemporary dance, dance within the community and choreography. Sophie has been involved with Can’t Dance Can (Spiral Dance) since a young age participating in and performing in a variety of projects. Sophie volunteered with Can’t Dance Can and now works with us to deliver some of our regular over 50′s classes and project work. Sophie is currently working as a freelance dance artist.

Areas of Dance Interest: Choreography, Children and Young Adults, Creativity in Education, Inclusive Dance Practice.

Clare Fildes


Clare trained at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. She has toured across Asia and Europe as a performer and worked in London as a dancer and choreographer. Since 1999 Clare has worked across Manchester including community, education, private dance schools, gyms, hair and fashion shows, contemporary dance companies. Clare has worked with numerous dance companies and currently performs with Axial Dance Company and Void Dance Company. The age range Clare teaches spans from babies through to 90 years with key current projects being Bury Youth Dance, under5s dance at The Lowry and over 50s at Sale Waterside Arts.

Areas of Dance Interest: Under 5s dance, intergenerational projects, site specific dance, inclusive dance, cross curricular dance, choreography.

Maxine Horne


Maxine trained in Leading Dance with Older People with Freedom in Dance in 2006 and has worked as a freelance artist for Can’t Dance Can (Spiral Dance) over a number of years. She is currently studying for a PhD in Arts and Health (An arts based exploration of the experience of loneliness for older people) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Areas of Dance Interest: Older People, Frail Older People and Arts Engagement with Older People.

Gil Burns


Gil trained in dance, drama and choreography at the University of Derby and graduated in 2001 with a BA (hons) in Performing and Media Arts. In 2010 she gained an MA in Choreography from Fontys Dansacademie, Netherlands. She has worked extensively within the community as a community dance artist and choreographer across the counties of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Cheshire and Lancashire as well as Liverpool and the Wirral and Greater Manchester. Gil has also worked as a lecturer in dance in further education, as Resident Dance Artist at Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston, Lincs, as Dance Development Artist for Cheshire Dance, and as a freelance artist for many schools, dance agencies and theatre companies.

Olivia Peers


Olivia trained at Liverpool John Moores University where she was part of the undergraduate company JMUpstart as a Educational Outreach Worker. After graduating Olivia performed with Aletta Collins in London, Dance Equation in Nottingham, Hullaballoo in Manchester and True Motion in Salford. Most recently she has performed in Fighting Fit Productions in a re-working  of ‘Danger in the Dance’, a PHD research piece, by Artistic Director Dr Declan Patrick. The piece toured universities in the UK and ‘Danger in the Dance’ has recently been recognised as a work of cultural significance. The piece explored culture and gender within traditional Philippine dance. Alongside performing Olivia has worked extensively within community and education settings delivering dance workshops and projects. She recently developed her own company ‘Born and Bred Dance Theatre’ which focuses on using dance as an educational tool to explore local heritage and landscape and use dance to bring together communities.

The Board of Trustees

    • Chair: Maragaret Greenwood
    • Secretary: Norman Warwick
    • Treasurer: Muriel Gott
    • Simon De Courcey
    • Elizabeth Warwick