About Us

About Us

LET’S DANCE is a non profit charity with the aim of promoting dance and physical activity for young people nationally. We work alongside State Schools, FE Colleges and Universities to offer dance classes and performance opportunities for those with little or no experience.

LET’S DANCE shows are completely egalitarian and schools/groups are encouraged to enter irrespective of ability. The hope being that young people will perform, enjoy and carry on dancing beyond their LET’S DANCE experience.

In addition to our live performances, we provide a variety engagement opportunities including the International Virtual Dance Show, online classes, and workshops with our team of professional dancers. Our ethos is maintained throughout: to encourage and celebrate mass participation in dance – and we seek to provide the highest quality of dance and performance opportunities to people of all ages and abilities.

Our Team

Andy Marchant

Retired assistant head and Director of Sport at Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton. Andy took over the management of the Brighton show in 2006.

David Smith

Development Advisor
David advises the Trust on development potential across Sussex and beyond. He worked
in Further and Higher Education and skills over many years, in and with colleges and the
funding and policy agencies that regulate them. He has developed partnership approaches
to educational delivery in East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove and shares with
Let’s Dance trustees a lifelong passion for culture and sport.

Charlie Oatway

Charlie Oatway is an ex-professional football player who has gone on to develop his career by coaching in the Premier League and in three other countries. He has a passion for community projects and is delighted to be involved with Let’s Dance.

Helen Trower

Foster carer. Helen and husband Peter have fostered 35 children over a 30 year period and continue to support social services with care for very young and often new born children who are potentially at risk.

Peter Trower

A retired police officer with over 30 years service across Sussex, Peter, along with wife Helen is also a long standing foster carer.

Chris Marchant

A well respected player and hockey coach to the Scotland national teams, Chris also teaches IT and sport in schools across Sussex.

Jo Wait

Stage Manager/Consultant
Jo trained in stage management at The Central School of speech and Drama and worked
in London and touring theatres and then moved into television at BBC London. As a Stage
Manager and Production Manager in theatre and for Television and film Jo worked as a 1st
and 2nd Assistant Director for the the BBC Series department (Eastenders, Casualty, light
entertainment and comedy) and Serials and film department (Period dramas, 6 part
serials) .
Event Manager for Theatre Royal Brighton’s 200th Anniversary campaign.
Stage Manager for TAKEPART Festival of Sport
Event Organiser and stage Manager Let’s Dance at the Brighton Dome for 8 years.

Molly Garrood

Event Manager
After completing her Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre at Performers College, Molly
went on to teach ballet and contemporary dance to a range of students across Sussex.
She has since gained her 200 hr certification in yoga instruction and now teaches both
ballet and yoga in Brighton. Molly has been involved with Let’s Dance Eastbourne from the
beginning and now curates and manages the event as the Event Organiser.