Staff & Ambassadors

Heni Hale (she/her) : Co-Director (0.7)

Henrietta Hale joined ID in 2018. She steers the overall artistic direction for Independent Dance, and develops the year-round programme in collaboration with the ID team, artists and partner organisations. 

Henrietta is an independent artist, working as a choreographer, performer, researcher and educator in diverse contexts with a collaborative focus. Much of her work has been realised as co-director of collective Dog Kennel Hill Project. They produce work for theatres, screen, galleries and non-traditional sites in the UK and internationally, working with a range of partners such as Dance4 with whom they were associate artists 2010-2014, Dance Umbrella, Modern Art Oxford and Brighton CCA. As well as leading professional classes she was a regular lecturer in dance technique, choreography and performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, (2002-13) and choreographed for a variety of groups in higher education.


Nikki Tomlinson (she/her) : Co-Director (0.8)

Nikki Tomlinson joined Independent Dance as co-director in March 2020. She steers the overall strategic vision of ID and how it is implemented.

Nikki is a producer and dramaturg with a background in curation and performance-making. Over the past 20 years she has developed interests in performance, participation, social justice and interdisciplinarity, advocacy for and with artists and widening access in every sense to experimental work. Her previous roles include Lead Artist Advisor/Producer at Artsadmin, Programme Manager and later co-chair of Chisenhale Dance Space, ESOL Course Leader and Refugee Advisor at Hackney Community College.  Alongside her role with ID she is a Trustee of Home Live Art and continues to work freelance, supporting choreographers and visual artists as a producer and dramaturg on projects presented across the UK and internationally.


Claudia Tonietto (she/they) : Programme Co-ordinator (0.8)

Claudia Tonietto supports the co-directors, administers the projects, events and on-going work of the organisation, and is the first point of contact for ID participants, contracted artists and the general public.

Claudia is a graduate of the University of Surrey’s BA Dance course, and Mapdance – MA Performance: Dance course at University of Chichester. Artists and choreographers she has worked with include Francis Angol, Liz Aggiss, Didy Veldman, José Agudo, Anthony Missen (Company Chameleon), Florence Peake, Pablo Bronstein, Jean Johnson-Jones. Claudia has taken part in projects spanning live performances to interdisciplinary projects, including working with motion capture technology, photography, film and digital media. Much of her research and artistic interests draw from philosophical enquiries and their relevance to dance and movement.


Alison Thomas (she/her) : Programme Co-ordinator (0.8 from June 2021)

Alison Thomas supports the co-directors, administers the projects, events and on-going work of the organisation, and is the first point of contact for ID participants, contracted artists and the general public.

Alison is also a freelance producer and choreographer with a fascination for the human condition. Her interest stems from her degree in Human Geography and Social Psychology from the University of St Andrews, followed by a Creative Practice MA at Trinity Laban. She uses collected materials, improvisation, scores and play in her practice and is passionate about supporting emerging artists. Alison has been mentored by Gary Clarke and Lea Anderson and worked with Studio Wayne McGregor, East London Dance, South East Dance and Dance Xchange. She is the Producer for Taylor Han and is a Trustee of 2Faced Dance Company.


Jay Yule (she/her) : Communications Assistant (0.2)

Jay Yule supports the communications and marketing of the ID programme. Jay also works as a dance performer, choreographer and producer. Her work with dance artists Jo Fong, Janine Harrington and Theo Clinkard has fed into her creative practice, as well as her experience in puppetry, opera and immersive theatre. Her choreographic work is influenced by feminist philosophies, queer theory and is often of an existential nature. Jay tries to foster an inclusivity in the way she creates, making art which can be viewed by anyone and with the hope of encouraging a sense of activism from watching or taking part.



ID would not be the same without the support of its dedicated volunteers.
Ambassadors support ID events and are advocates of the organisation in their professional lives.

Our current Ambassadors are Helka Kaski, Margarita Zafrilla Olayo, Rachel Gomme, Rosalie Wahlfrid, Iris Chan, Rachel Gildea, Julie Havelund,  Ella Tighe, Sumi Xiaoméi Cheng, Clare Brzezicki, Sian Goldby, Steph Townsend