Artistic Director Nicole Thomson founded Anjali Dance Company in 1995 to showcase the creative potential of people with learning disabilities and give them, for the first time, opportunities in contemporary dance training and education. Her ambition to create professional-standard dance of the highest quality performed by learning-disabled dancers has led to Anjali gaining national and international recognition for its work.
Nicole has collaborated with renowned British choreographers Claire Russ, Matthew Hawkins, Charlotte Vincent, TC Howard, Pete Shenton, Tom Roden, Gary Clarke and Lea Anderson to create major touring productions. She is committed to finding new ways of creating performance with learning-disabled dancers and to raising the profile of integrated arts practice by participating with Anjali’s dancers in debates about arts and disability. Nicole is committed to questioning traditional aesthetics, inspiring others and changing perceptions of who can dance. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts.