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. 

Gabi Montgomery-Solano

Gabi Montgomery-Solano

Facilitator & Creative Learning Programmes Administrator

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 and Creative Learning Programmes Administrator

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.

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.
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.

Mafê Toledo

Mafê Toledo

Facilitator

Most notable performance: The work I created for the completion of my MFA in Choreography, where I used 60kg of sand on stage to convey the ideas of boundaries, belonging and being in transit.
Most loved maths concept: Probability
Favourite thing about the job: Offering a chance for children to experience maths in a multi-sensory way, embracing different learning styles and space for personal expression!
Most loves dancing to: Brazilian music, from traditional rhythms to more current styles – with a lot of mixture of influences in between.

MORE ABOUT MAFÊ

Mafê Toledo is a dance artist who is committed to sharing her love for the human body with as wide a variety of people as possible. Originally from Brazil, Mafê graduated in Communication and Arts of the Body at PUC University (São Paulo) and completed a MFA in Choreography at Roehampton University (London). Currently she is working on her Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning at Trinity Laban and also training as a Somatic Movement Educator with Embody-Move, the licensed program for the School for Body Mind Centering in the UK.

Mafê has worked as a dancer/choreographer and taught dance for over 13 years, having performed and presented her work in UK and Brazil. She also worked as Space Bookings Manager and managed Reception at The Place, a world renowned contemporary dance theatre and school in London which offers creative projects for diverse audiences.

Elina Monemvasioti

Elina Monemvasioti

Admin Assistant

Most notable performance: “Don Quixote” ballet 
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.