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Natasha Britton BCA

Natasha Britton BCA

Co Founder, Parable Dance & Artistic Director, Parable Dance UK

Natasha has been working as a freelance inclusive dance Practitioner, Project Manager and Education Consultant since 2000.

Natasha co-founded Parable Dance with Erica Moshman in 2019. Together they created successful resources, networks and training programmes. When Parable Dance New York launched in 2022, Natasha became sole Artistic Director of Parable Dance UK. Natasha leads on all activity and partnerships across the organisation.

Natasha specialises in delivering high quality dance classes to people with and without disabilities and in designing and delivering training and mentoring to enable others to develop their skills of inclusion. She was honoured with a British Citizen Award in 2022 for her contribution to the arts.

In addition to her role as Artistic Director of Parable Dance, Natasha is; Education and Training Officer for Spymonkey, a mentor on the MA research for professional practice at Rambert School, a member of The Creative Council for Royal & Derngate Theatre and on the steering committee for the Critical Dance Pedagogy Network.

During her 24 year career, Natasha has taken on many longer term teaching and dance/arts development posts alongside freelance projects. Roles have included:

  • Sadler’s Wells – Panel member for the National Youth Dance Company auditions (2018 & 2019) & Freelance Dance Artist (current)
  • The RAD (Step into Dance) – Freelance teacher & Mentor (2018-2023)
  • The Sixteen Trust - Project Manager, Mentoring (2020-2022)
  • Magpie Dance
    • Co Artistic Director (2017-2019)
    • Training Coordinator (2010-2017)
    • Teacher and mentor (2003 – 2019)
  • Different Planet Arts – Artist Advocate (2019)
  • Rounded Rhythm- Outreach Manager and Associate Artist (2015-2018)
  • The Orpheus Centre – Dance Teacher (2014-15)
  • 3ddance – Founder & Director (2008-2010)
  • Candoco Dance Company – Associate Artist (2000-2009)

Natasha has also delivered projects for multiple conservatories, councils, theatres, dance companies and organisations on a freelance basis.

Natasha was Founder and Director of 3ddance (2008-2010) which was an inclusive dance education company delivering workshops across the South East. 

As well as her inclusive practice, Natasha has also held a number of positions in schools and colleges and was on the education team for Richard Alston Dance Company. For four years Natasha oversaw GCSE dance courses at Patcham High School and the BTEC National Award at Varndean College. Between 2000-2007 Natasha had regular freelance/ employed work in 5 other colleges in the South East. Included in these part time positions were 7 years at Brighton College and 2 years at Reigate College. Natasha also taught weekly professional contemporary technique classes and covered maternity leave as Brighton and Hove Council’s Youth Dance Development Officer.

Natasha has a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education. In addition she has undertaken a number of courses in business and management and is trained as a Bronze and Silver Arts Award advisor. Natasha also has first aid, mental health first aid and advanced safeguarding training.

Natasha has published articles on inclusive practice for The Foundation for Community Dance, OneDanceUK and Dance Matters.

Natasha won the National Lifetime Achievement Award at The She Inspires Awards in November 2022. In 2022 she was also shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Autism Hero Awards and the Outstanding Contribution Award at The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards. Natasha received a Jack Petchey Leader Award (2015) and the YEAUK Visionary Director Award (2018).

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Natasha has been on our panel over the past few years for U.Dance as our (South East Dance's) inclusivity expert for youth dance. Natasha is a passionate advocate for positive experiences in dance for young people with and without disabilities. She is an important member of the panel providing a thoughtful, insightful and experienced approach to the project. We highly value and are inspired by her contribution to the work
Sarah Kearney, Assistant Producer - Children & Young People, South East Dance
Natasha has worked successfully across the complex range of children’s needs at the school and all have been fully included and touched by the joy of dance and the energy and passion of Natasha. She is skilled at working with our children in a proactive and valued way and ensures that the wider team of teachers and support assistants around the children are also supported and inspired to develop dance opportunities across the school
Jonathan Howells, Headteacher – Cedar School Southampton
Natasha gave me an opportunity and created a pathway I didn't know existed. She built me up at a time when I had no self-confidence and gave me a job and new skills that I've now utilised in my career. I'm so blown away with how focused and determined and present she is with everyone and in everything she does and she does it...with a big ole grin! She brought the best out of me and she brings the best out of everyone she meets
Benjamin Hardy-Phillips, Past Trainee
Natasha’s enthusiasm, dedication, love and joy for what she does is infectious. She has an abundance of knowledge about support and safe practice when it comes to leading a group. You only have to be with her in a teaching capacity to understand that she lights up a room
Luke Brown, Artistic Director, Luke Brown Dance
Natasha is an incredible teacher. She has taught my daughter in various classes for 13 years. My daughter has severe speech, language and learning difficulties and finds many activities very challenging. Natasha has developed huge skills in motivating, inspiring and building confidence and physical skill development. She is just an amazing, bright, inspirational, skilled, kind and wonderful teacher
Parent of a student