Charis Charles

Director of Access & Education

About Charis:

Charis is responsible for the company’s wide-reaching work in dance education including the department’s financial operations and sustainability. Within the role of Director of Access & Education Charis oversees the management of the nationally recognised Youth Academies, Saturday School, Illuminate (dance programme for young people with additional needs), Schools Partnership Scheme and all other dance education and outreach programmes in the wider community.

Having developed a passion for ballet and contemporary dance at a young age, Charis went on to train at Central School of Ballet and The London Studio Centre. During her professional dance career Charis performed works by Michael Popper, Mark Baldwin, Ramon Oller, Tom Roden, Gary Clarke, Anthony van Laast, Viviane Newport, Kerry Nicholls and Jan de Schynkel.

Charis then moved on to join site specific touring & education company Ascendance Rep. It was here that she realised her passion for teaching and dance education and made the transition into full time education work. Having joined Phoenix Dance Theatre in 2008 Charis’s level of expertise and management has developed the company’s access and education remit significantly delivering in the region of 6000 workshops annually.