Head of Learning & Participation / Designated Safeguarding & Prevent Lead

BA Hons Degree in Dance

Additional Qualifications:

Designated Safeguarding & Prevent Lead

Prevent WRAP Trainer

First Aider in the Workplace

Mental Health First Aider

Role and responsibilities:

As a member of the Senior Management Team, Tracy has overall responsibility for NSCD’s outward facing Learning & Participation and Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Programmes.

Her work contributes towards the strategic development and delivery of NSCD’s Access and Participation Plan activity. Other responsibilities include cementing and resourcing partnership work with organisations, businesses, and networks locally, nationally and internationally.

Tracy is also the Safeguarding & Prevent Lead for the whole school.

Who am I?

Born and bred in Oxfordshire my first introduction to dance was at my local village hall, which not only ignited my passion for dance but also community provision. After completing my degree at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, I decided to stay in Yorkshire and work as a freelance artist.

Leeds has been my home for the last 25 years and I love the vibrancy of the city, so much so that my roots are now firmly embedded here with my family.

Career History

Tracy completed her undergraduate training in Dance at Bretton Hall College, Leeds University, before embarking on a career in as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer on varying projects across the UK.

In 2000 she joined Phoenix Dance Theatre, teaching extensively in Primary, Secondary an FE / HE level. She moved upwards through the Education team to become Interim General Manager. During her time at Phoenix she worked under the artistic direction of Thea Nerrisa Barnes, Darshan Singh Bhuller and Javier De Frutos.

Tracy joined NSCD in the role of Head of Learning & Participation and has expanded the provision and reach of the department.

As a passionate advocate for dance Tracy holds roles across a number of networks, supporting and developing community and prevocational dance.

Professional activity

Chair of the National Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) Managers Group

Co-Chair – Strategic Action Group – Children and Young People’s Dance Network North

Strategic Member of PIPA – Parents in Performing Arts Network

Network Member:

Dance Schools Safer Working Group

Dance Learning & Participation Network

Leeds Cultural Education Partnership

Leeds Dance Strategy Group

Regional Dance Development Network

Northeast Regional Prevent Group (HE)

Alumni 2023 – Senior Leaders Programme, Common Purpose

Community and Safeguarding Governor at Richmond Hill Academy (Primary) & Hillcrest Academy (Primary)

Research/Professional Interests

  • Raising attainment in pre-16s
  • Learning to Level-up? Conference presentation
  • Professional Interests – Boys / Male identifying pathways into dance