Louise Katerega describes herself as a woman of mixed Ugandan and English heritage and has been a versatile contributor to the UK dance scene for over two decades.
She is especially acknowledged for her national and international development work in dance – by, for and with disabled people. Based in Leicester, she has enjoyed a broad portfolio career as a performer, teacher, choreographer and increasingly as a consultant, strategic thinker, dramaturg and creative producer.
In 2006 her company of cross-generational, culturally diverse, disabled and non-disabled professional dancers, Foot In Hand, made history at The Place Prize semi-finals with one of the first works featuring dancers with impairments. In 2012, she co-choreographed the inclusive dance aspect of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Sailing Events in Weymouth and was commissioned to create new works for the Olympic and Paralympic torch celebrations in Leicester.
From 2018-22, she is one of six Associate Artists of People Dancing, the UK’s flagship organisation for community dance. This partnership has just concluded its first phase ‘Voice & Presence’ about activities designed to acknowledge, amplify and celebrate the contribution of women of the African Diaspora to participatory dance.
Louise trained at London Contemporary Dance School, Coventry University (Performing Arts), holds a first-class degree in Film and Literature from the University of Warwick and has been trained as a life coach. She is board adviser to Turned On Its Head Early Years Dance Theatre, a board member of ArtReach and NeSSIE, a children’s mental health charity. She is also trustee of ASSITEJ UK, one branch of a larger international network around arts for young audiences and NeSSIE, a charity which provides arts therapy and counselling to support young people’s positive mental health. Past board experiences include the Birmingham Royal Ballet (Education Committee), Spark Arts Children’s Festival, Foundation for Community Dance and the National Inclusive Dance Network.