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:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.