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Panorea Baka is the Founder and Managing Director of MATHS DANCE.
She holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics, a MSc in Biomedical Engineering and an MA in Maths Education. She is a qualified maths teacher and brings with her many years of teaching experience in Greece and the UK. She has an extensive background in the performing arts sector having worked across various different arts companies and organisations in Greece, her country of origin. She is a member of the Association of Teacher of Mathematics and the Institute of Mathematics.
Panorea believes that there seems to be little point on doing maths and insisting on the importance of different strategies in education, if we do not consider how our approaches can help our students to enjoy mathematics and learn it in the most productive and meaningful way. In that sense her aim is not to impart information to the students, nor to manage their learning but to create a dynamic and inclusive space where loving and inquiring children can think, sense, understand, question and re-shape the world.
Marie Forbes gained a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies from Middlesex University. As part of her degree she also completed a number of modules in mathematics. As a dancer and a choreographer she has worked on many dance projects across the UK and internationally. Marie, who has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Qualified Teacher Status, is enthused by the joy of creative expression for all ages and encourages a fun embodied approach to learning through her energetic teaching style.
She joined Maths Dance in January 2014 and has worked with Panorea on the creation of a dance inspired maths curriculum as well as on the delivery of inspirational training sessions for teachers and dance artists.
Ellyn gained a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School and then joined Edge, The Place’s Postgraduate Company, touring internationally throughout 2014. She has been teaching children and adults of all abilities across London including GCSE, Children and Youth Dance and adult classes at The Place. She has also been a member of Italia Conti Academy of Theatre, Barbican, alongside teaching outreach work in primary and secondary schools across London. Ellyn joined MATHS DANCE in 2015, with a huge passion for getting children physically involved in their learning. She was always a keen maths student at school and finding a way to connect these two very different subjects excites her. Each offer insight into the other, allowing abstract maths concepts to fall into place while exploring the movement of the body and finding confidence in performing. She has been delivering the MATHS DANCE on tour and MATHS DANCE inspire me! programmes as well as running after school clubs.
Desiree Ketabchi is a communications specialist. She is interested in online communications and new trends, arts and culture. She lives and works in Brussels. She joined Maths Dance in June 2015 to further develop communication and outreach because she was fascinated by the project.
Foteini Christofilopoulou is a London based performing arts photographer specialising in dance. She has been working with Maths Dance since its inception in 2013, supporting the Company’s development through her pictures, which are used for education, documentation and marketing purposes. In addition to this, Foteini, who has over 20 years’ industry experience working initially in her native Greece and latterly in the UK, receives regular commissions from Etta Ermini Dance Theatre, RAD and Sadler’s Wells. Her work is also featured in national and industry publications such as The Independent, The Telegraph and Dance Tabs.