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. In June 2019 Panorea received the Highly Commended Mpower National Business Award in the Courage category. 

Despina Patsika

Despina Patsika

Facilitator

Most notable performance: Calling Tree by Rosemary Lee
Most loved maths concept: Explorations of infinity with its paradoxes
Favourite thing about the job: Learning through movement, using the body in space to understand and learn kinesthetically
Most loves dancing to: I love improvising to live music and pieces that last long, e.g. Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Max Richter

MORE ABOUT DESPINA

Despina, grew up in North Greece. By 2015, she graduated with Honors as a primary school teacher from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and simultaneously completed her piano studies with a Diploma in teaching and performance. In 2018 she completed her MA studies in contemporary dance at the London Contemporary Dance School. Despina works around London as a primary teacher, music teacher and dance artist, performing or making work.

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.
Gabi Montgomery-Solano

Gabi Montgomery-Solano

Facilitator

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, furthered her training at Art Factory International (Italy) and gained a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. A dance artist with an intellectual twist, she loves using dance to approach other disciplines. Yanaëlle teaches dance for other organisations such as The Place, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and DanceWest. In parallel with teaching, she choreographs and performs contemporary dance pieces with her circle of creative collaborators: Company Concentric.

Elina Monemvasioti

Elina Monemvasioti

Administrative Assistant

Most notable performance: “Don Quixote” ballet
Most loved maths concept: Probability and Statistics
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

MORE ABOUT ELINA

Elina has studied 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 initially as an Erasmus+ Trainee, then as an Aministrative Assistant and has since stayed on as part of the Maths Dance team.