Catherine Cassidy has over 20 years’ professional experience of using dance in a wide range of community settings, from health to education and reformation. In her 10 years as Director of Engagement at Scottish Ballet, Catherine has ensured that what audiences see and hear on the stage is what they will be participating with in their communities or dance studio. She has led the company to become specialists in dance health. SB Health includes three projects for people living with neurological conditions, including, Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland, dementia-friendly Time to Dance and Elevate for people living with multiple sclerosis. SB Health also includes two projects for young people’s wellbeing, including The Close, for pupils in special unit schools, and Safe to Be Me, a schools project supporting primary 6 pupils to explore themes of identity, respect, acceptance, ethnic and family diversity, and LGBTQ communities.
Catherine graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1998 and worked both nationally and internationally as a choreographer, dance artist and producer. Catherine has undertaken the role of Specialist Advisor for the Arts Council of England, Creative Scotland and Imaginate Children’s Festival.