The Dance Network Association: 
dna is a dance organisation that enables people to live more connected, joyful and aspirational lives through dance. 

Dancing with dna provides opportunities for people to improve their confidence and physical wellbeing,  nurtures creativity and independent thinking and enhances friendships through social interaction.


Gemma Wright
CEO and Founder

Gemma has always had a passion for dance and continued this love by studying BA (Hons) Performance Studies at the University of Northampton and completing her dance teaching qualifications (DDTAL) at Trinity Laban.

Gemma’s background in arts management includes posts at the Royal Academy of Dance, Trinity Laban, DanceDigital and Dance East. Gemma has also run her own dance school that specialised in teaching dance for the early years and in which she created her own methods of delivery and continues to test and research through our early year's programmes.


Gemma’s background and personal experience have helped her to develop a wide understanding of the positive impact dance can have on people’s lives and in turn, motivated her to form The Dance Network Association. 


If you are interested in talking to us about how to create dance projects, mentoring, any of our research OR if you are interested in delivering in collaboration please contact her she would love to grab a coffee virtually or in person! 

Lyann Kennedy 
Operations Director

Lyann has worked in community settings for over 18 years within housing, education & training and arts organisations, project managing & facilitating training programmes for socially excluded, unemployed and disabled people across East London and Essex.  


Lyann currently works part-time for Dance Network, generally doing anything that is thrown at her! Never wanting to be on stage, Lyann was a founding member of Chain Reaction Youth & Community Theatre, producing and eventually performing in and choreographing many shows over 10 years. Knowing how much confidence the arts brought her personally, Lyann believes in bringing creativity to all, enabling everyone to develop and grow into their ambitions and dreams.

Working with The Dance Network Association has allowed Lyann to be involved with a dynamic and inspirational organisation who, with a can-do attitude, are shaping the way dance and movement is seen into this new decade. Exciting times ahead!

Away from Dance Network, Lyann enjoys everything the outdoors has to offer, is often found walking, running or horse-riding out in the fresh air.

Karen Pratt 
Dance Development Officer

Karen is a Suffolk based Dance Artist specialising in contemporary and community dance. She trained at Roehampton University where she gained a BA (hons) in Dance Studies and went on to complete a PGCE at University Campus Suffolk in 2014. Karen has worked in a range of educational settings in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.


Karen is a keen performer, and has been a member of Dance East's Performance group 'Dance Unlimited' for four years now, and performs regularly in East Anglia.

In 2018 Karen worked as Producer for Ipswich Choral Society on a large-scale community project commemorating WW1; Ipswich Remembers.


She is currently teaching various older movers classes and youth dance programmes in Suffolk as well as making her own professional community dance performance work.


Karen started with the Dance Network organisation as a freelance artist way back in 2015 supporting Jen Irons on our first mass dance project Dance Rio and went on to lead our Youth Company 'Dance Station' and our Dancing with Parkinson's classes. Two projects which we look forward to seeing grow and develop in her now employed role. 

headshot 2-1.png
Steph Townsend 
Freelance Education Projects Coordinator and Communications Officer

Steph is a Norwich based Creative Movement Practitioner whose passion lies in creating opportunities and experiences for people, of all ages, to express themselves and explore emotion through Aerial Arts, Dance and Yoga. 

Steph graduated from Coventry University in 2012 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance Making and Performance. Since graduating. Steph has continued to perform, create and lead classes for people aged 3-65+ years, as well as work as a Freelance Project Manager for over 6 years. 


Throughout her career, Steph has grown to appreciate the importance of trusted and genuine relationships in the dance sector and has therefore  developed a passion for creating and nurturing valuable connections between artists, organisations and participants. 

Katie Kilpatrick
Dance Development Assistant

Katie is a Colchester based dance artist who recently joined our ranks! Starting lessons at age 2, she has always had a strong connection to the industry and recently fell in love with the community dance sector. With a background in many different styles of dance, and a specialism in Scottish Highland Dance, Katie loves having the chance to bring something new to an audience and really get creative with class content and exploration!


Working full time for the dance Network is a dream come true for Katie, and she is looking forward to connecting with other like minded teachers and artists, celebrating dance, spreading positivity and making a difference to the community that we live in.


We do not currently have any vacancies but we are always looking to work with more freelance dance artists. So please do get in touch.

Photographs throughout this website (unless otherwise stated) are courtesy of our Associate Photographer:  Rachel Cherry  http://www.rachelcherry.co.uk


Your privacy is important to you and The Dance Network Association and we make every effort to ensure that the information you share with us is recorded accurately, retained securely and used only according to your wishes. 


We protect your personal information and adhere to all current data protection act legislation with respect to protecting privacy. We do not give out, sell or trade our mailing list data with external organisations. We comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.  


How long is data kept: 

Where you have been involved directly with us your information will be kept on file for a maximum of 9 years. Video, photographs and evaluation reports where you may have been present or involved will be kept indefinitely and will be used in various social media and marketing promotions via only the Dance Network Association unless expressed otherwise on your permissions/release forms.