the scd team

Gemma Bonner


Gemma is Co-Director of SCD responsible for developing the quality programme and teachers. She has a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Dance from

Caroline Howard


Caroline has taught dance professionally for over 20 years, studying and teaching various dance styles throughout her career. She is a Fellow of the IDTA.

Ella Harle


Ella is a qualified dance teacher, a personal trainer & Sports Therapist. She has a passion for supporting young people with SEN and is the founder of our Dance Inc. classes

Joanna Knight


Joanna teaches dance in local schools & community settings. From ballet to street she just loves helping people catch the passion for dance. Joanna is a practitioner. 

Emily Cotter


Emily has a BA (Hons) in Dance performance from,loves to create fun, exciting and engaging dance classes where students feel safe to express their own creativity.

Shaun Dillon


Shaun works in partnership with SCD and is the director of Dillon Dance Youth company. Shaun studied contemporary dance, completing his BA (Hons) in Dance at the University of Roehampton. Shaun has  established himself as an exciting new and upcoming London based choreographer.

Maggie Kwan


Maggie loves to explore dance with expressive and dynamic movement. She has performed and taught in a number of dance companies and schools after finishing her MA in Dance performance from LCDS

Cassie Seeger


After dancing professionally with The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Ballet Arizona in the USA, she moved to London and acquired her Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma in 2015 with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Cassie loves helping students discover the gift of creativity.

Silvie Salviano


Silvie is a diversely qualified personal trainer and Pilates instructor with 12 years experience. Through her experience in the fitness industry, she has specialised in several areas including injury prevention, functional training, postural alignment and high intensity.

Anita Mannings


Anita Mannings grew up training in France, the UK and NYC. 

She gained a professional Diploma in Musical Theatre from Bodywork Company in 2016 and now works all over London as a dancer, teacher and choreographer.

Alfie Simmons


Alfie is a passionate young dancer and choreographer. He is a longstanding member of Dillon Dance Youth and has choreographed a number of pieces receiving great praise. His most recent accomplishment was winning The Great Big Dance Off London and then National Finals as choreographer for his own group.

Ilaria Polizzi


SCD's newest team member, Ilaria, is originally from Sicily and is a professional Belly Dancer with 10 years experience. Ilaria works with adults and teenagers, her mission is to help women feel comfortable in finding the inner dancer.

Adam Bonner


Adam is Co-Director of SCD with Gemma (and Hope & Thea really!) Adam is responsible for strategy development and marketing (& tech stuff). His paid job is Director at Youth United Foundation

Stephen Perry


Stephen Perry & Co
Chartered Management Accountants run the Financial Director services for SCD. Based in York, Stephen has a wide experience of Executive Financial leadership roles in the charity and commercial sectors.

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scd volunteer advisory team

Sarah Costerton


Sarah is passionate about health and full access to life for all people regardless of our biology. Previously a qualified nurse, Sarah is a busy mum and campaigner for people with SEN through

Mary Maguire


Mary is a local entrepreneur running a small but growing local business in Sutton, as well as being a busy mum, community champion and school PTA member.

Tamara Burnell


Tamara is an experienced head of investment within major investment firms. She is an activist for equality and diversity in both business and sport, championing inclusive activities such as korfball, and has a special interest in SEND and neurodiversity.

Dan Ayeni


Dan is well known in Sutton for his passion for working with the whole community and for using sport as a great gift to bring social change. Dan is Community Action Lead with 

Vanessa Fox


Vanessa is a local primary school teacher experienced in working with children & young people from a variety of backgrounds. She has been involved In various community based sports programmes particularly dance, fitness & gymnastics.

Graeme Hodge


Graeme is an activist for social justice and equality. He is the CEO of a faith based global development non profit. He believes in creating space for everyone to contribute & enjoy building community together.