The team

Panorea Baka
Founder & Director

Founder Panorea studied Applied Mathematics (BSc) and Biomedical Engineering (MSc) in Greece before moving to London to study an MA in Maths Education where she began to fuse her love of maths with her love of movement and Maths Dance was born. Alongside Maths Dance, Panorea works with schools and families as a Maths Education specialist -devising enrichment projects, delivering creative family workshops and developing personalised learning plans for children as well as adult learners.In 2014, Panorea was nominated for the Roehampton Award for innovating in the sector of education. She has been invited to talk about Maths Education, Creativity in Education and Maths Dance in several conferences and has shared her enthusiasm about embodied learning with audiences in Greece and the UK. In November 2014 Panorea gave a TEDx talk “Setting Mathematics Education in Motion” at TEDx University of Macedonia.

 

 

 

Gabi Montgomery-Solano
Facilitator & Creative Learning Coordinator

Gabi joined Maths Dance in January 2017 as a postgraduate student in Contemporary Dance. In her MA dissertation, she explored possible ways of using movement as a teaching medium which could enhance the understanding of core academic subjects in primary schools. Having been diagnosed with dyslexia and having struggled with Maths at school, she has always been interested in finding new and creative ways to enable learning. Gabi is fascinated with the way Maths Dance takes two very different subjects and combines them to make learning Maths both memorable and enjoyable.Gabi is a core part of Maths Dance development, working closely with Panorea on devising and delivery of the Dancing Puzzles, Mini Maths Makersand Mighty Maths Makerscreative learning programmes. In parallel to Maths Dance Gabi runs Dance Adventures, her own Dance School in Crouch End, London and is a member of Iroko Theatre Company.

 

 

 

Yanaëlle Thiran
Facilitator

Yanaëlle grew up in Belgium. She graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2015 and furthered her training at Art Factory International (Italy) before settling back in London. A dance artist with an intellectual twist, she loves using dance to approach other disciplines. Yanaëlle teaches dance for other organisations including DanceWest, The Place, Mala CHERGA Theatre and A Truefitt Collective. In parallel with teaching, Yanaëlle choreographs contemporary dance pieces.

 

 

 

 

Ellie Tapper
Facilitator

Ellie is a freelance dance artist who loves to explore new ways to create. She completed her degree in contemporary dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in July 2017. Throughout her studies, Ellie was always interested in how dance could be used in direct relation with subjects such as maths, English and science. Ellie began as a Maths Dance teacher and facilitator in September 2018.

 

 

 

Angeliki Margeti
Facilitator

Angeliki is a Greek dancer based in London. She holds a BA in dance by the National School of Dance in Athens, a BA in Physical Education & Sports Science by the National University of Athens and a Qualified Teacher Status. In 2012 she completed her MA studies in Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University London. She is interested in a more innovative and creative approach to dance education, highlighting children’s life skills, creativity and understanding through movement and dance. For the past 6 years, she has been teaching dance and creative movement to adults, children and toddlers.

 

 

Phoebe Brown
Facilitator

Phoebe is an independent dance artist and facilitator. She graduated with a First Class degree in BA (Hons) Dance and continued on to gain an MA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, University of London. During her studies, she took an artistic interest in the relationship between maths and dance and began researching further in this field in her final year of university. This research has led to the beginning of a PhD in Mathematics and Dance in October 2018. Phoebe is passionate about the importance of arts in education and more specifically the benefits Maths Dance provides for children in both separate disciplines of study.

 

 

Jessica Haener
Facilitator

Jessica graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013 and has since been working as a freelance artist, performing and touring across the UK as well as being a member of the Collective who curates Swallowsfeet festival in Brighton. Nevertheless, her passion to work in a community context has never left her and has led her to start an MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development at Goldsmiths this year. Jessica was mesmerised to discover the potential of combining Maths with Dance and how each discipline can enhance the understanding of the other. Her role as a Maths Dance facilitator includes working with children ages 5-11, delivering the Dancing Puzzles programme in schools in London.

 

 

 

Elina Monemvasioti
Admin Assistant

Elina studies Mathematics in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Passionate about dance, especially ballet, she has been attending classes since she was in primary school. Elina is also passionate about volunteering, giving back to her community and spreading kindness while making changes she wants to see in the world. Adding all the above, the equation led her to Maths Dance -communicating Maths through her passion and making it enjoyable for children. Elina joined us as an Erasmus+ Trainee and has since stayed on as part of the Maths Dance team.