Meet our Maths Makers

Meet our Maths Makers

At Maths Dance we delight in bringing the arts and the academic together through our unique backgrounds in mathematics, dance and education. Read on to get to know us and find out more about our love for teaching and learning maths through movement:

Panorea Baka

Panorea Baka

Founder & Director

Most notable performance: TEDx Talk “Setting Mathematics in Motion” (2015)
Most loved maths concept: Logic
Favourite thing about the job: That I created it! It did not exist when I was a child.
Most loves dancing to: My 3-year-old son singing nursery rhymes.

MORE ABOUT PANOREA

Founder Panorea studied Applied Mathematics (BSc) and Biomedical Engineering (MSc) in Greece before moving to London to study an MA in Maths Education where she began to fuse her love of maths with her love of movement and Maths Dance was born. Alongside Maths Dance, Panorea works with schools and families as a Maths Education specialist – devising enrichment projects, delivering creative family workshops and developing personalised learning plans for children as well as adult learners.

In 2014, Panorea was presented with the Roehampton Award for innovating in the sector of education. She has been invited to talk about Maths Education, Creativity in Education and Maths Dance in several conferences and has shared her enthusiasm about embodied learning with audiences in Greece and the UK. In November 2014 Panorea gave a TEDx talk “Setting Mathematics Education in Motion” at TEDx University of Macedonia.

Gabi Montgomery-Solano

Gabi Montgomery-Solano

Facilitator & Creative Learning Coordinator

Most notable performance: “Sensual Africa” with Tavaziva Dance Company.
Most loved maths concept: I enjoy problem solving.
Favourite thing about the job: Getting to see children have fun and enjoying Maths!
Most loves dancing to: Brazilian bossa-nova music

MORE ABOUT GABI

Gabi joined Maths Dance in January 2017 as a postgraduate student in Contemporary Dance. In her MA dissertation, she explored possible ways of using movement as a teaching medium which could enhance the understanding of core academic subjects in primary schools. Having been diagnosed with dyslexia and having struggled with Maths at school, she has always been interested in finding new and creative ways to enable learning. Gabi is fascinated with the way Maths Dance takes two very different subjects and combines them to make learning Maths both memorable and enjoyable.

Gabi is a core part of Maths Dance development, working closely with Panorea on the devising and the delivery of the Dancing Puzzles, Mini Maths Makers and Mighty Maths Makers creative learning programmes. In parallel to Maths Dance Gabi runs Dance Adventures, her own Dance School in Crouch End, London and is a member of Iroko Theatre Company.

Yanaëlle Thiran

Yanaëlle Thiran

Facilitator

Most notable performance: Polaris by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite at Sadler’s Wells in 2014.
Most loved maths concept: Concentric circles
Favourite thing about the job: Sharing infinite intellectual curiosity and making marvellous movements with like-minded maths-and-dance makers.
Most loves dancing to: Live music (especially piano music). It gives dance a great resonance.

MORE ABOUT YANAËLLE
Yanaëlle grew up in Belgium. She graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2015 and furthered her training at Art Factory International (Italy) before settling back in London. A dance artist with an intellectual twist, she loves using dance to approach other disciplines. Yanaëlle teaches dance for other organisations including DanceWest, The Place, Mala CHERGA Theatre and A Truefitt Collective. In parallel with teaching, Yanaëlle choreographs contemporary dance pieces.
Ellie Tapper

Ellie Tapper

Facilitator

Most notable performance: Landscape of Giants by Eleven Farrer House
Most loved maths concept: Geometry – in particular illusions and impossible objects.
Favourite thing about the job: I love seeing the creative output from our students and how they engage with the tasks.
Most loves dancing to: Currently Seve – Radio Edit by Tez Cadey, but you can catch me having a boogie in the kitchen to pretty much anything!

MORE ABOUT ELLIE
Ellie is a freelance dance artist who loves to explore new ways to create. She completed her degree in contemporary dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in July 2017. Throughout her studies, Ellie was always interested in how dance could be used in direct relation with subjects such as maths, English and science. Ellie began as a Maths Dance teacher and facilitator in September 2018.
Angeliki Margeti

Angeliki Margeti

Facilitator

Most notable performance: “Sand table” by Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods. An extraordinary video installation and performance.
Most loved maths concept: The square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle equals the sum of the squares on the other two sides.
Favourite thing about the job: Teaching young children.
Most loves dancing to: I love dancing to almost every style of music!

MORE ABOUT ANGELIKI
Angeliki is a Greek dancer based in London. She holds a BA in dance by the National School of Dance in Athens, a BA in Physical Education & Sports Science by the National University of Athens and a Qualified Teacher Status. In 2012 she completed her MA studies in Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University London. She is interested in a more innovative and creative approach to dance education, highlighting children’s life skills, creativity and understanding through movement and dance. For the past 6 years, she has been teaching dance and creative movement to adults, children and toddlers.
Phoebe Brown

Phoebe Brown

Facilitator

Most notable performance: An intimate piece for a live coding conference. The choreographer live coded on stage to create sounds and photographs that acted as stimulus for the dancer’s improvised movement.
Most loved maths concept: Differential equations.
Favourite thing about the job: Teaching maths as a physical form to those children that learn in ways other than purely mental.
Most loves dancing to: Bachar Mar-Khalifé. Florence and the Machine. Agar Agar.

MORE ABOUT PHOEBE
Phoebe is an independent dance artist and facilitator. She graduated with a First Class degree in BA (Hons) Dance and continued on to gain an MA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, University of London. During her studies, she took an artistic interest in the relationship between maths and dance and began researching further in this field in her final year of university. This research has led to the beginning of a PhD in Mathematics and Dance in October 2018. Phoebe is passionate about the importance of arts in education and more specifically the benefits Maths Dance provides for children in both separate disciplines of study.
Jessica Haener

Jessica Haener

Facilitator

Most notable performance: Performing in Room 40 by Maciej Kuźmiński was the most challenging physically whereas performing in Stories from a crowded Room by Earthfall was a totally unique immersive experience.
Most loved maths concept: The first I encountered, which is the Tower of Hanoi.
Favourite thing about the job: Learning and understanding a mathematical concept for myself then seeing the children explaining it to their parents after the end of term performances.
Most loves dancing to: Dancing to 80s music always gives me that general “embodied” smile.

MORE ABOUT JESSICA
Jessica graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013 and has since been working as a freelance artist, performing and touring across the UK as well as being a member of the Collective who curates Swallowsfeet festival in Brighton. Nevertheless, her passion to work in a community context has never left her and has led her to start an MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development at Goldsmiths this year. Jessica was mesmerised to discover the potential of combining Maths with Dance and how each discipline can enhance the understanding of the other. Her role as a Maths Dance facilitator includes working with children ages 5-11, delivering the Dancing Puzzles programme in schools in London.
Elina Monemvasioti

Elina Monemvasioti

Admin Assistant

Most notable performance: “Don Quixote” ballet when I was 15.
Most loved maths concept: Number properties
Favourite thing about the job: Making Maths approachable to children – it’s revolutionary that people aren’t afraid of numbers!
Most loves dancing to: Ballet and zumba, latin, high energy dances.

MORE ABOUT ELINA

Elina studies Mathematics in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Passionate about dance, especially ballet, she has been attending classes since she was in primary school. Elina is also passionate about volunteering, giving back to her community and spreading kindness while making changes she wants to see in the world. Adding all the above, the equation led her to Maths Dance – communicating Maths through her passion and making it enjoyable for children. Elina joined us as an Erasmus+ Trainee and has since stayed on as part of the Maths Dance team.