The Tea Dance for Little People Team

Sally-Anne Donaldson

Creative Director

Sally is a multi-tasking mum of two who comes from a varied performance background including circus, dance and choreography. She also has a background in education, having taught dance to young people in prison as well as training practitioners in community dance outreach and education.
In 2009 Sally completed an MA in Dance Anthropology, at Roehampton where she focused her research on creative movement practise in 0-2 year olds. In 2010 she set up Tea Dance for Little People to promote the health, wellbeing and development of children through theatre and movement.

Sally’s belief in the importance of creativity and movement in all aspects of young children’s lives lead her to start Creative Homes in order to explore these things with families directly in their own homes where they need it most.

Lucy Shaw

Musical Director

Lucy Shaw plays both the double bass and the bass guitar and enjoys an eclectic musical life playing and collaborating with a variety of musicians and genres. She plays freelance classical double bass with orchestras including English Chamber Orchestra and records for many pop artists and film scores.

Lucy enjoys adding that touch of magic to a piece of music or story to give children an experience that inspires them and encourages them to find their own adventure.

Becky Overton

Writing Director

After studying at The Purcell School, Becky decided to pack away her flute and pick up a pen instead. Since then she has been a freelance writer on children’s tv shows such as Thomas and Friends, Justin’s House and Something Special.

Becky writes each TDLP story as an experience to be explored, with lots of opportunities for families to join in and help bring it to life.

Sarah Walkerdown

Visual Co-ordinator

Sarah manages “the cave” otherwise known as our working studio. Here, everything is designed and made, from costumes, props and sets to craft packs that are delivered to families.

Sarah originally worked as a dancer before a diverse circus career was born: performing, choreographing and teaching, with a particular interest of working with those with additional and special needs.

Marit Vestby

Lead Artist

Marit is a dancer and performing artist specialising in performance for family events and teaching dance for children.

She loves helping children and their families explore their space in new ways though movement, rhythm, and dance.

Marit also works on or Creative Homes project as Hub Manager, running one of our community hubs to provide support and play to local families at weekly group sessions and through creative home visits.

Jay Harris

Lead Composer

Jay is a soundscape composer whose interests lie in exploring the use of music, sound and speech to create immersive experiences.

Through his work with TDLP and out Creative Homes project, Jay is discovering new ways to engage very young children with sound and interaction using atmosphere, emotional cues, rhythm, cause-and-effect relationships and sensorial exploration.


Eliza Wilson

Sales and Programming Manager

Eliza is a freelance arts education manager and mum of two. While studying a BA in World Theatre and Media Studies at Southbank University and Central School of Speech and Drama she became passionate about community arts and the importance of access to high quality artistic experiences for everyone. Shortly after graduating she started working for Bromley Council as an Arts Development Officer before becoming Head of Education at Stratford Circus for 11 years, managing the education strategy and community, education and children’s theatre programmes. Eliza works with TDLP supporting fundraising and programme development for Creative Homes as well as helping to build relationships with venues.

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