Led by the artistic vision of director Danielle Jones, Luminelle creates meaningful and high quality artistic work and experiences rooted in a deeply individual and responsive process. We draw on an acceptance of vulnerability to bring out the personal and human experience of each individual - regardless of background, experience, age or ability. Responding to people on a personal level in this way means we create open and supportive spaces that naturally invite our participants to find their creative light. We joyfully collaborate together to craft interdisciplinary work from dance and music, to creative writing, photography, and visual arts. We believe that access to high quality artistic practice should be available to everyone. We believe in the power that art and creativity has to connect, inspire and empower our daily lives. We believe that everyone has a creative light inside of them...

Artistic Director

Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones (Teale) | Artistic Initiator | Collective Identity

Danielle Jones is an industry leading artist, director, and researcher whose work is driven by people and their stories, offering a chance for ordinary human life to be given value and every day people to be seen. Danielle believes in the radical act of care in a careless society, and the value of offering truly person centred experiences to people in a genuine and non-commodified way. Her practice aims to do this, and to build a relationship of trust and mutual respect with others, so that she can work with communities of non-dancers, to create work alongside them that is of professional quality. Jones has been a long time, leading contributor to practice and research in dance and health, and her most recent body of work has seen the development of multidisciplinary artwork with visual artists, musicians, film, photography, and dancers, using improvisatory approaches to evolve co-created experiences and outcomes. She has worked internationally in dance and Parkinson’s and Dementia, and contributes to international professional exchange and training programmes including (in 2021-22) Sadler’s Wells Young Associates, Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet School, Dance Ireland, Arts Partnership Surrey, PDSW, Dance Base, Casson and Friends, Yorkshire Dance, and People Dancing.

Danielle and Skapin’s long term collaborative relationship is marked by their shared belief in universal creativity, ability to connect through individual and communal use of improvisation and a right to artistic expression. They share the belief in the potential of Dancing with Parkinson’s as a programme at the intersection of community and cutting-edge artistic work and in exploring a more human centred approach to music and art making.

Senior Producer

Emma Abbey | Producer | Collective Identity

Emma Kerr is a dynamic dance producer with over 13 years experience of leading and delivering live events, festivals, shows, community dance programmes and participatory projects. Passionate about access to high quality dance for all, Emma was most recently working at Pavilion Dance South in the post of Head of Engagement at Pavilion Dance South West, devising a long term engagement strategy building PDSWs relationships with their local communities. She is an open minded collaborator with experience across producing, engagement and community work through previous roles at Green Candle Dance Company, Rambert Dance Company, East London Dance and English National Ballet. Emma is an RD1st accredited coach which builds on her collaborative ethos and passion for enabling and supporting others towards achieving their goals.


Samantha Gillingham | Producer | Collective Identity

Sammy Gillingham is a kind and optimistic creative collaborator, working across the arts sector in roles including Dance Artist, Site Manager, Project Manager & Assistant Producer. Based in Dorset, she has 7 years experience supporting, delivering & leading on community & participatory workshops & programmes; outdoor arts events & festivals; youth advisory & early careers development programmes & developing relationships with partners & supporters. Sammy began working for Activate Performing Arts in 2015, as part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries scheme, and has held a variety of roles since, with current posts as Project Manager for Dorset Youth Dance & Assistant Producer for Inside Out Dorset festival. She has also worked with organisations & individuals including Pavilion Dance South West, Dorchester Arts, Kate McStraw & Butterfly Theatre Company. Sammy is a member of the South West Dance Artist Network and is a Trustee of youth music charity B Sharp.


Jasmine Hall | Coordinator | Collective Identity

Jasmine Hall is a community dance artist and arts project coordinator based in London. She specialises in working with people with Parkinson’s, Dementia and other neurological conditions, as well as young people with physical and learning disabilities. From delivering dance projects in care homes, residential establishments to SEND schools and community centres, Jasmine devises her own programmes of work and has collaborated with a range of arts organisations. These include Trinity Laban, Dance East, Royal Academy of Dance, Green Shoes Arts, Dash Dot Dance, SLiDE and Luminelle. Inclusivity, connection and freedom is integral to Jasmine’s work and she is passionate about creating movement opportunities for all. She is currently a Lead Artist for the Royal Academy of Dance’s inclusive primary school dance programme called RADiate and is delivering projects in schools around London with Step Into Dance.

Jasmine began her journey with Danielle as a mentee in 2018, which led her to take on the role as Supporting Artist for the Dancing with Parkinson’s programme. She facilitated classes at St. Joseph’s Hospice in collaboration with musician, Jaka Skapin. Jasmine is now Luminelle’s coordinator as well as a Collaborating Artist on our pilot programme UNDERCURRENT, based in the Acute Stroke Ward at UCLH.

Music Director

Jaka Skapin | Music Director | Collective Identity

Jaka Skapin is a UK based artist, singer, improviser, composer and producer, originally from Slovenia. He has worked with Danielle Jones and the Dancing with Parkinson’s programme since 2016. As collaborators, Skapin and Danielle have worked as co-designers of the CID project approach and bring together a strong team of multi-disciplinary artists. Skapin’s live work is based on collaborative vocal improvisation, and its potential for interdisciplinary convergence with movement, image and sound. Recent partners include Tate Modern, Royal Opera House, Sound Connections, PRS for Music, Southbank Centre, Universal Music UK and Sony Music UK. Skapin has produced music that featured on BBC 6, BBC 2, JazzWise, Afropunk, KCRW, Earmilk, Clash Magazine, Jazz FM, The Selector, The Independent and BBC 1Xtra. Over the last 12 months, he has received commissions from Sound & Music, and The British Music Collection, as well as produced the world’s first fully improvised, song based, six voice album, due for release in 2021.

Collaborating Artist

Effie McGuire Ward | Support Artist

Effie McGuire Ward is a contemporary dance artist based in Milton Keynes. She undertakes work as a performer, choreographer and teacher across community dance, educational and professional settings. Her interests lie both within performing & devising pieces and facilitating spaces where each individual is valued within a community.

Performance projects have seen Effie work with Shobana Jeyasingh, Rosemary Lee, Gary Clarke, Hannah Pickett, Stopgap Dance Company, Ffin Dance, NOCTURN and Two Thirds Sky. In most recent years, Effie has collaborated with JoinedUp Dance Company for BBC Contains Strong Language Festival; and has appeared as a Fairy for the Brook Theatre’s Christmas productions in Chatham: created by resident companies Loop Dance, Play on Words Theatre Company and Icon Theatre.

Effie currently teaches contemporary classes for Tring Park Associates. Her teaching and facilitation roles have included delivering classes, workshops and choreographic residencies for Rambert, Rambert School, DanceXchange, Motionhouse, Arts1 School of Performance, Hull Dance, and Yorkshire Movement and Dance. She also co-founded and co-directed MÓTUS, a dance festival for Milton Keynes for its first five years.

Effie began connecting with Danielle Jones in 2019 through the Collectivity and Identity Project and Dancing with Parkinson’s Company at Poplar Union. Since then, the CID Project has been an important companion of reciprocal nurture, trust and possibility for Effie.

Collaborating Artist

Ella Fleetwood | Support Artist

Ella Fleetwood is an independent contemporary dance artist.

Ella trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated with a First Class degree from Trinity Laban in 2016. Ella has enjoyed performing with Springs Dance Company, Bicycle Ballet and in her own work through ella&co. She has previously received choreographic commissions from Big Ideas, GradLab Project and Newcomen Collet Foundation. Her interest in people drives her socially engaged practice and has involved creating new work with refugee groups and young people. Her work is currently supported by Arts Council England. Ella is a community dance artist and facilitates in a range of community settings. Inclusivity, creativity and play are at the heart of her practice. Ella is a lead dance artist for The Place, Sadler’s Wells, DanceWest, Springs Dance Company and Magpie Dance for people with learning disabilities. Ella recently consulted in Parable Dance’s film ‘Inclusive practice is good practice’, which brought together 42 of the UK’s leading inclusive dance practitioners.