The Team

Michelle Rochester

Make a Move Founder & CEO

Michelle’s passion throughout her life has been dancing and she has even been known to dance in the local supermarket! Her other passion is improving the lives of children. She has successfully combined her two passions and has achieved extraordinary results in Bath and North East Somerset with children all over the county and beyond, and is co-founder and producer of Dance Umbrella. Make a Move’s existence is a direct result of Michelle’s desire to expand the work she was already doing, and to build on the existing autonomy with other practitioners and partners.

Sarah-HaddowSarah Haddow

Assistant CEO & Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Sarah completed her Dance Degree in 2008 and continued her post-graduate studies in Dance Therapy at Dance Voice, Bristol. She has worked with a variety of groups and individuals, including women with mental health needs, mothers who are suffering from post-natal depression, adults with learning difficulties, adolescents and the elderly. Sarah approaches her work from a psychotherapy perspective; her sessions are led using a person-centered approach. This means that each session is different, depending on who is attending and their emotional make-up on the day. This enables the participant to explore their feelings in a non-judgmental and empathetic atmosphere, creating the basis for a therapeutic relationship. Sarah is a member of the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

Julia Allen

Creative Wellbeing Officer

Jules has been developing and managing projects in arts and wellbeing for over 20 years within a wide range of sectors. She is passionate about the work she does, with an approach that enables people to engage with her from all different backgrounds and experiences. Jules aims for people to walk away from the work she delivers with ideas, tools and strategies for bringing more wellbeing and creativity into their lives. She works as a coach/mentor with artists and creative practitioners, she is a facilitator and director with The Misfits Theatre Company and is an independent advisor with The Voluntary Arts Network. Having received a BA Hons Theatre at Dartington, she is also trained as a mindfulness teacher with Breathworks, is qualified to teach teenagers Mindful Yoga and has trained to deliver Yoga Nidra sessions. Jules brings a mindful approach to all her work and is a big believer in creating a work-life balance that prioritises time to play, create, reflect, laugh, love and just be.

Orla-Nolan2Orla Nolan

Charity Secretary & Fundraiser

Orla reached a crossroads in her life about 10 years ago and changed careers from working in the lucrative financial services world to working with children and young people. The company car has been relinquished for a Micra, but in return, she is rewarded by working with challenging young people in Bristol. She believes that the arts are an untapped source in improving the lives of children and so has wholeheartedly jumped into the role of fundraiser and secretary for Make a Move!


Kara Herbert


Kara works on our dementia and schools projects. She has been working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher since graduating in 2002, with a 2:1 BA Hons in Creative Arts: Dance and Visual Arts. Alongside her dance training and career, Kara has been practicing yoga for 11 years, over which time her passion and interest to learn more has grown and she is qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow Hatha Yoga, a style which compliments her dance experience. She is a professional member of Yoga Alliance and Foundation for Community Dance and was one of the key founding members of Bath Dance Forum (BDF). She is adapt at delivering sessions to a range of individuals from varying ages, bodies and experience and always aims to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere to her classes as well as challenging and embracing the needs of each individual. In her own practice and teaching she is interested in exploring the connection between Yoga and dance and how each can help tap into the creativity within us. You can find out more about Kara at


Esther Lewis-Smith


Esther works on our dementia project. She has a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London and had a career as a professional dancer and teacher for 15 years, creating work for theatre and film and most recently as an associate lecturer at Bath Spa University. She then had a bit of time out to have two babies! Through her fascination with the workings of the body, she re-trained as a Bowen Technique practitioner, a hands-on remedial therapy and currently runs practices in Bath and Frome (  She is also the Coordinator for a Bath-based charity working with children and families and a Neuro Rehabilitation Assistant, working with clients with an acquired brain injury within an Occupational Therapy consultancy.


We are delighted to have a close working partnership with Dance Notes.

Dance Notes are dance resources for non-specialist dance teachers that explore the curriculum through movement and music. The methods used are informed by the research of, and developed in collaboration with, Make a Move.
Brian Madigan, founder of Dance Notes, and Michelle have worked together for over fifteen years, creating these fantastic resources to make it easy for non-specialist dance teachers to provide excellent music and movement opportunities for their students.

Brian Madigan headshotBrian Madigan

Composer & founder of Dance Notes

Brian Madigan has been composing music for dance since his undergraduate days at Middlesex University, London in the late 1980s. His mission is to explore innovative ways to underpin and enhance choreographers’, teachers’ and dancers’ creative vision, whilst producing music that maintains its own integrity. After graduating, Brian worked as a dance accompanist at Middlesex University and the College of Westminster, before setting up Dance Notes.

Dance Notes supplies teaching resources throughout the world and is the UK’s leading provider of music for Dance education. Brian also has a long track record in scoring for visual media, working with big industry names, including award-winning film & TV director Iain B McDonald, award-winning CG animator Paul Smith and acclaimed theatre directors Andy Burden and Jon Nicholson. As a performer, Brian has worked in everything from pit orchestras to punk bands, this live experience adding great depth to his musical understanding and helping to inform his composition.

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