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Meet The Movement Factory Team
Leanne Pero - Director
Leanne is the founder and director of The Movement Factory, which grew out of Bruk Out , the company she founded when she was just 15, fundraising over £150,000 for her programme of community dance work.
Since this time she has gone on to produce the award-winning Get It On the Floor, which has been filmed for MTV’s production Good 4 the Hood in 2009, and Keep it Moving, a dance showcase, hosted annually by comedian Richard Blackwood and other high-profile guests.
Her awards include Women of the Future Awards Finalist 2012, the Black Business Initiative Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2008 and 2010, Southwark Community Champion Award 2008, GLE London Rising Star of the Year Award 2009, Southwark Volunteer Centre Rising Star of the Year Award 2010.
Her credits include work for Nike, Big Dance, Fulham Football Club, Pimlico Plumbers, Mr Delicious UK, Ed Tracey, Southbank Centre - Overture Festival, Sky News, BBC News, The Media Trust, Houses of Parliament, Gordon Brown and ITV.
Leanne has extensive youth work experience and accreditation that she combines this to create her own tailor made “community dance” package she delivers in and around London.
Leanne sits on the board of directors for Black Business Initiative and is part of the Media Trusts young ambassadors Board.
Leanne is mentored regularly by Debbie Moore OBE- owner of Pineapple dance studios and Emma Sinclair owner of Target Parking.
Leanne is a professionally qualified dance teacher with the I.D.T.A in Freestyle Dance- passing with an "Honors" Award.
Leanne was also an official London 2012 Olympic torch bearer presenting partners Coca Cola future flames, and ran in the relay on Thursday 26th July 2012!!
Tanja Raaste - General manager
Tanja joined The Movement Factory in 2009 as a freelance, part-time administrator and in 2012 she became the general manager. She looks after a multitude of things, including contractor and tutor liaison, general administration, newsletters and social media, and is involved with the PR strategy and general outward communications of the company.
She can be found running some of the Academies, or helping out during shows.
When she is not working at TMF, she runs a theatre, events and dance company called Nordic Nomad, travels as much as possible, and dances Argentine tango
TMF Dream Team
Meet our TMF Dream Team made up of experienced Tutors, Junior coaches and volunteers. At TMF we pride ourselves on insisting on mandatory team training days at the start of every new term. This training day is reinforced during the term by weekly tutor newsletters, a one on one termly performance review, and randomised quality control checks. Our clients tell us that some of the most common problems they have had in the past with hired dance teachers are:
1. Unreliability and lateness to sessions
3. Being difficult to contact
So we have set out to ensure that our tutors understand just how key these points are – and provide a general TMF contact to our clients, so they can always reach us, no matter what.