Suzanne Astley, AISTD, LBBO, DIP Arts, BA Hons, QTS, MA with registered somatic movement educator and therapist, RAD teacher/Sliver Swan licensee

Suzanne is a consultant Lecturer of Dance Education/consultant for CPD at the Royal Academy of Dance, a Somatic Movement Therapist and Dance Artist. She initially achieved a scholarship at a young age for the Royal Ballet, gained an Hons Degree in Drama and Dance and Qualified Teacher Status, culminating in an MA in Contemporary Dance, Somatics and Wellbeing with movement therapy. Her expertise within teaching has been acquired from her work in community settings and primary, secondary, FE and HE education spanning over 30 years. Up until very recently, Suzanne was a Lecturer in Dance and offered student support for disability, mental health, and wellbeing at the Royal Academy of Dance. She continues to support the mental health and wellbeing of NHS health workers and pupils in schools.

Suzanne has also recently worked as lead artist with Pioneer Projects based in Yorkshire, Neuro Drop-in Centre, Lancaster, and Parkinson’s UK, supporting and facilitating projects working with people living with Dementia and Parkinson's and other Neurological conditions. She was involved in an inclusive innovative project called ‘Bridging the Gap’ (Pioneer Projects) held in a group of care homes to lead workshops and train care home activity workers. This year she has written and delivered courses on how Somatic Practices can support cognitive health and wellbeing for The Royal Academy of Dance and written a yoga certified teacher training course.