Betsy Gregory was born in the USA, and has worked in dance for forty years, as a performer, teacher, rehearsal director, programmer, producer, mentor and artistic director.
Trained at London Contemporary Dance School in the 70s, she was part of the first generation of independent, contemporary dance artists in Britain, performing and teaching for many choreographers and companies, most notably as a founder member of Second Stride.
In 1988, she received a bursary to study arts administration and went on to work at The Place Theatre, first as Programme Manager and later, Associate Director. In 1997, she joined Dance Umbrella and in January 2007, succeeded Val Bourne as Artistic Director, a post she held until November 2013.
In 2005 she was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French government for services to dance. Currently, she is a member of the board of Aerowaves and is Chair of the board of the Nottingham-based organisation, Dance4.
She was the artists’ mentor in the first edition of the project. She will continue being so in DM2.