Meet the Cheshire Dance Team


Adam Holloway, Director

Adam joined Cheshire Dance in 1996 following a range of voluntary consultancy projects with arts organisations and a growing passion for the Arts and Dance.

Adam began in the role of Business Manager before becoming Business Director and subsequently Director in 2016. Over the past few years, Adam has led the artistic and organisational development of Cheshire Dance by ensuring a stable and growing artistic profile and programme, a sound and well-resourced financial base and by developing and extending its range of strategic and operational relationships.

Adam is an accomplished producer of creative projects and relishes working in broad partnerships and in artistically and socially challenging contexts. With a passion (and talent) for photography, Adam is also Cheshire Dance’s in-house photographer! To get in touch with Adam, click here.


Debbie Cowley, General Manager

Having originally trained as a dancer and dance teacher at Laban Centre London and London College of Dance and Drama, Debbie has over 30 years’ experience of working in dance and the creative industries. Debbie joined Cheshire Dance in April 2018 having worked for 14 years at Trafford Council as Strategic Manager for Culture & Sport.

Prior to moving to Manchester from London in 1999, Debbie worked as a freelance dancer, teacher, lecturer and advisor, and boasted a portfolio of clients that included; Greenwich Dance Agency, Magpie Dance Company, Random Dance Company, Union Dance Company, the London Boroughs of Croydon, Bromley & Lewisham as well as running her own dance school, Dance-A-Round, providing creative dance classes and performance opportunities for children aged 3-18 years old.

Debbie first worked for Cheshire Dance as a choreographer in 2000 and returned in 2018 as General Manager. To get in touch with Debbie, click here.


Jane McLean, Creative Director

Creative Director Jane holds a first class BA(hons) in Dance with Nutrition, an MA Dance (Distinction) and is a former Bradbury Prize for Performing Arts and Mary Zempke prize holder.

Jane first engaged with Cheshire Dance as a student and freelancer in 2006, before becoming Dance Development Artist for Cheshire West and Chester in 2013. In September 2016 Jane became Creative Director.

Jane is passionate about inspiring people from all walks of life to create, learn and experience dance and particularly enjoys working collaboratively and in partnership with other artists and organisations. As a freelance dance artist and capoeira practitioner, Jane has taught, performed, created and played in London, France and the North West, and has enjoyed challenging projects and performance roles. Jane is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester. To get in touch with Jane, click here.


Emma Thomas, Dance Development Artist, Cheshire West and Chester

With a Masters in Dance from the University of Chester, training from 12 Degrees North Dance Company and a wealth of experience with the creation of community and education projects, as well as the creation of performance work, Emma is the latest member of the Cheshire Dance team.

Emma has taught in a wide range of educational settings and with diverse groups across England and Wales. She specialises in working in inclusive settings and has delivered workshops and projects for those with physical and learning disabilities, Dementia and Parkinsons. Emma joined Cheshire Dance following roles at Brewery Arts Centre and the Centre for Advanced Training in Dance at the Lowry Theatre.

Emma also advises, mentors and produces dance artists and companies, and creates and performs her own contemporary work in both live and screen performance. To get in touch with Emma, click here.


Jody Morgan, Lead Artist - Cheshire East

Jody gained a Certificate in Education at The University of Greenwich in 1999 and trained in Community Dance at Laban London.

Over the past 20 years she has built an extensive and varied portfolio, and has undertaken work for Laban, Greenwich Dance, Union Dance, East London Dance, National Youth Theatre, Magpie Dance Company and Cheshire Dance. She has also lectured in contemporary dance and choreography at Tameside College.

Jody first joined Cheshire Dance in 2007 as a Project Coordinator and today is the Lead Development Artist for projects in Cheshire East. Whilst she has extensive experience in working with children and young people with learning difficulties, complex behaviour and physical disabilities, her current endeavours largely focus on older adults and those living with disabilities or conditions such as Dementia. Her work is deeply rooted in community dance practice and she has a real passion for working with people within community, health, education and arts settings. To get in touch with Jody, click here.


Suzi Boyden-Beckley, Marketing & Events Coordinator

With a decade and a half of experience in the marketing, branding and publishing industries in the UK, Gibraltar and Spain, Suzi joined Cheshire Dance in January 2019 with the aim of embedding her skills and expertise to better serve the wider community.

With a portfolio that previously included prestigious global household names, Suzi looked to step away from the corporate world and entrench herself in a community setting that would play a larger role in communicating with diverse and often ‘hard to reach’ audiences.

Working today to gain greater exposure for the organisation, its stakeholders and partners, she is committed to making a real difference to Cheshire Dance, its events, its programmes and its wider relationships. She strives to give Cheshire Dance a ‘louder voice’ in its sector and to give this art form greater exposure to north west communities.  To get in touch with Suzi, click here.


Catherine De Sousa, Administrator

Following a critically acclaimed performance of ‘Away In a Manger’ as Mary in the pre-school nativity aged 4 (in which it is said people even cried), Cat realised her future lay in the Performing Arts. She continued to follow this through her youth, taking part in productions with Knutsford Amateur Operatic Society, Manchester Youth Theatre and in Cheshire Dance workshops.

Gaining a singing scholarship at Mountview Theatre School in London and graduating with a degree in Musical Theatre, she performed in various productions throughout the country and co-founded a theatre company, delivering educational performances and workshops to schools in and around London.

Today, she combines her time at Cheshire Dance managing the office administration and finance with her own performing arts company in which she works with children and young people in Cheshire – and spends any other free time that she has singing in Abba tribute band, ‘UK Bjorn’.

Cat joined Cheshire Dance in January 2020. To get in touch with Cat, click here.



Meet the Cheshire Dance Board

Cheshire Dance is governed by a Board of Directors, who holds responsibility for the decision making with regard to policy-making and the overall direction of the organisation. The Board monitors progress of programmes, finance and other strategic development relating to Cheshire Dance. The Artistic and Strategic direction of Cheshire Dance is developed by the Director in collaboration with both Board and Staff.




Find out more about the Cheshire Dance Board of Directors here.

If you would like to join the Cheshire Dance Board, click here.



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