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Who we are, what we do and why we do it

The UKDF encompasses a community of dance artists and exists as a platform for personal and collective discovery. We work to broaden dance aspirations and to empower the youth to achieve their goals. We build connections with, bridge the gaps between and advocate for the amateur and professional dance worlds, as well as the UK and European dance scenes. We celebrate all forms of dance and invest our extensive knowledge and understanding of the current dance industry into everything we do. The Federation provides high quality and industry - relevant workshops, competitions, judges, choreography and teachers which enable our participants to perform, choreograph, improve and build valuable, long - lasting networks.

We believe in driving our industry forwards, highlighting all of the fantastic dance schools around the UK and giving their teachers an environment in which to reflect, gain inspiration and refresh their practice. We believe in creating employable dance artists who will lead the way for innovation within our profession. We believe in guiding dancers from all backgrounds and circumstances towards a career that has longevity by instilling in them the value of safe practice and pure technique. We believe in celebrating those who dance simply for the joy of it and ensuring every individual conducts themselves from a place of passion. We believe in valuing the process of learning rather than the product, fostering one's creative voice, building an ethos of support, eradicating all sense of hierarchy within our field and allowing each dancer to feel seen and valued.

The UKDF provides a personal service conducted with heartfelt and honest intentions. We nurture tomorrow's talent.

Join us and become a Fellow of the UK Dance Federation today.

OUR TEAM

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MATHIEU GEFFRÉ

Graduated from the Paris Conservatoire in 2006, Mathieu has danced across Europe for the past 14 years. As a member of companies such as Dansgroep Amsterdam, Noord Nedelandse Dans and National Dance Company Wales, he collaborated with some of the most celebrated choreographers in the world: Itzik Galili, Johan Inger, Mark Baldwin, Alexander Ekman, Christopher Bruce among others…

He begins his journey as a choreographer in 2012. Through the years Mathieu’s creations have been performed worldwide: Germany, United States, France, Spain, Denmark, England, Ireland… In 2016 he receives the 3rd Prize Choreography from the prestigious Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. He was commissioned to create choreographies for National Theatre Mannheim, Boston Dance Theatre, Eliot Smith Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company Wales… Since 2015 Mathieu is regularly invited by the CND France to take part in many different events as judge, teacher and choreographer. In 2020, following the advice of CND President’s Mr Strauss, he founds the UK Dance Federation in collaboration with Natalie Dodd and Zoie Golding.

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MATHIEU GEFFRÉ DIRECTOR

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Graduated from the Paris Conservatoire in 2006, Mathieu has danced across Europe for the past 14 years. As a member of companies such as Dansgroep Amsterdam, Noord Nedelandse Dans and National Dance Company Wales, he collaborated with some of the most celebrated choreographers in the world: Itzik Galili, Johan Inger, Mark Baldwin, Alexander Ekman, Christopher Bruce among others…

He begins his journey as a choreographer in 2012. Through the years Mathieu’s creations have been performed worldwide: Germany, United States, France, Spain, Denmark, England, Ireland… In 2016 he receives the 3rd Prize Choreography from the prestigious Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. He was commissioned to create choreographies for National Theatre Mannheim, Boston Dance Theatre, Eliot Smith Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company Wales… Since 2015 Mathieu is regularly invited by the CND France to take part in many different events as judge, teacher and choreographer. In 2020, following the advice of CND President’s Mr Strauss, he founds the UK Dance Federation in collaboration with Natalie Dodd and Zoie Golding.

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NATALIE DODD

VICE - DIRECTOR

Natalie began her training at Susan Robinson's School of Ballet, went on to train at Rambert School (2010-13) and gained a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters Degree through the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2016.

She has performed in music/promotional videos, toured in Mark Bruce Company’s ‘The Odyssey’ and performed twice at The Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. She has performed works by choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Mark Baldwin and Kenneth MacMillan and has worked with the English National Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Alexandra Green Dance and Douglas Thorpe.

Natalie has had the pleasure of teaching for establishments including Rambert School, Rambert, Mark Bruce Company, Musical Moving (Dance for Parkinson’s), London Studio Centre, Exeter College, The Place, Ballet Boost, NSCD, DanceWest, BBO Dance and an extensive number of dance schools around Surrey and the surrounding areas. Natalie is also one of the movement devisors of Rambert Grades and in 2020, became Vice-Director of the UK Dance Federation.

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NATALIE DODD

Natalie began her training at Susan Robinson's School of Ballet, went on to train at Rambert School (2010-13) and gained a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters Degree through the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2016.

She has performed in music/promotional videos, toured in Mark Bruce Company’s ‘The Odyssey’ and performed twice at The Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. She has performed works by choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Mark Baldwin and Kenneth MacMillan and has worked with the English National Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Alexandra Green Dance and Douglas Thorpe.

Natalie has had the pleasure of teaching for establishments including Rambert School, Rambert, Mark Bruce Company, Musical Moving (Dance for Parkinson’s), London Studio Centre, Exeter College, The Place, Ballet Boost, NSCD, DanceWest, BBO Dance and an extensive number of dance schools around Surrey and the surrounding areas. Natalie is also one of the movement devisors of Rambert Grades and in 2020, she became Vice-Director of the UK Dance Federation.

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ZOIE GOLDING

Zoie Golding is an accomplished international Producer, Director and Choreographer, with over 20 years experience in the dance and arts sector. She is the founder and Artistic Director of nationally acclaimed FuzzyLogic Youth Dance Company and ZoieLogic Dance Theatre recognised for effectively challenging the perceptions of men in dance, where and who dance is for.

Zoie’s artistic practice is about taking risks, breaking down barriers and communicating ideas clearly and boldly. She is passionate and committed to creating significant social change through dance.

Zoie and her company are proud to be an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, Associate Artist of The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Play Artist at Pavilion Dance South West and Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester.

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ZOIE GOLDING

CO-FOUNDER

Zoie Golding is an accomplished international Producer, Director and Choreographer, with over 20 years experience in the dance and arts sector. She is the founder and Artistic Director of nationally acclaimed FuzzyLogic Youth Dance Company and ZoieLogic Dance Theatre recognised for effectively challenging the perceptions of men in dance, where and who dance is for.

Zoie’s artistic practice is about taking risks, breaking down barriers and communicating ideas clearly and boldly. She is passionate and committed to creating significant social change through dance.

Zoie and her company are proud to be an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, Associate Artist of The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Play Artist at Pavilion Dance South West and Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester.