Sally's involvement in dance began aged 4, taking ballet, tap and modern with Bolton School of Dance. She then attended Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Chester, completing a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and achieving a degree in Contemporary Dance and Drama. This was followed by an internship with Dance UK in London. Dance UK is national voice for the dance profession. It aims to improve the conditions in which dance is created, performed and experienced.
Sally came to The Lowry in September 2007 and has worked across the company in a number of roles in the Front of House, Conference & Events and Development departments before beginning her role in the Dance Centre in 2009.
Currently Sally's role is to work with two regional dance programmes, under the umbrella brand of NorthWestDance, based within the Community and Education team. Firstly, The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance indentifies children with exceptional potential in dance and develops their talent through pioneering programmes; creating and inspiring future generations of world class dancers and choreographers.
Secondly NorthWest Dance also delivers a regional programme of youth dance work funded by Youth Dance England; the work aims to widen access to high quality dance opportunities for all young people in the North West. This includes delivering the annual U.Dance Regional Youth Dance Performance Platform, based at The Lowry, and developing the regional dance website northwestdance.org.uk.
Recently the team have also developed The Lowry Dance Ambassador Scheme in partnership with The Lowry's Marketing Department which works to give young people a voice within the dance world and develop dance audiences through peer to peer advocacy.
Sally also co-coordinates the Tap Rhythm Project based in Manchester which is a not-for-profit social enterprise working to raise the profile of rhythm tap dance in the UK. Tap Rhythm Project Manchester holds tap activities and events, and provide a forum for people to develop, discuss and share ideas and research and access information about rhythm tap dance in the UK.
Aside from dance, Sally also sings backing vocals for Manchester's best Soul & Funk band René and has participated in a number of choirs, including the choral choir for Carlos Acosta's recent work Premiers Plus at The Lowry in 2011.