Betsy Gregory has worked in dance for 40 years, as a performer, teacher, rehearsal director, programmer, producer, mentor and artistic director. Born in the USA, she came to London in 1972 for her final university year – and stayed. Following a three-year training at London Contemporary Dance School, she pursued a freelance career with many choreographers and companies. Most notably, she danced with the Ian Spink Group for five years and, in 1982, was a founder member of Second Stride, working with Spink, Siobhan Davies and Richard Alston. In the late 80s, she received a bursary from the Arts Council to study arts administration and from 1989-97 she worked at The Place Theatre, first as Programme Manager and later, Associate Director. In 1997 she joined Dance Umbrella and, in 2007, succeeded Val Bourne as Artistic Director, a post she held until November 2013. In September 2014 she returned to the stage, performing at Sadler’s Wells alongside eight former professional dancers, in Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion’s Olivier Award nominated The Elders Project. She was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French government in October 2005. She is currently a member of the board of Aerowaves and is Chair of Dance 4.
(Photo credit Ursula Kelly)