LOUISE KATEREGA (www.footinhand.co.uk) has been a versatile contributor to the UK dance scene for almost two decades. She is especially acknowledged for her national and international development work in dance by, for and with disabled people. Based in Leicester, she has enjoyed a broad portfolio career as a performer, teacher, choreographer and – now parenthood is in progress – increasingly, a mentor, dramaturg, diversity thought leader and creative producer.
Louise trained at London Contemporary Dance School, Coventry University (Performing Arts) holds a first class degree in Film and Literature from the University of Warwick and trained as a life coach. She is an occasional speaker and writer about dance, has served and currently serves as a board member for several local and national dance organisations.
She has run her own ground-breaking company Foot In Hand since 2003, in 2007 was nominated for Leicester Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, contributed to local and national performance events of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and is People Dancing’s Associate Artist 2018-22.
Louise is one of six Associate Artists (including Cecilia McFarlane, Protein Dance and English National Ballet) of People Dancing, the foundation for community dance. This role will last from 2018-22 is based around partnership working on, Voice & Presence, writings, research and active brokering of relationships designed to acknowledge amplify and celebrate the contribution of women of the African Diaspora to participatory dance.
Louise was a TYA UK Quality of Difference bursary recipient to Assitej Cape Town in 2017 and participated in drafting TYA’s Diversity Manifesto.