Tracing Steps Theatre and Dance Company is a collaboration between two best friends with a shared vision to develop exciting, inclusive performance opportunities within the community; one being a Dance Practitioner and the other a Theatre Practitioner. Tracing Steps started in 2010 and are now in our elventh year!


We are committed to facilitating artistic activities across Greater Manchester which will inspire individuals and groups of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity, realise their potential and encourage personal development.


We work inclusively across the community. As well as delivering regular Dance and Theatre workshops we also offer specially designed activity programs and projects which fuse together elements of movement, dance, storytelling, theatre and play to encourage and improve co ordination, balance, communication and creative thinking.


We work with the following areas:


  • Preschool/Nurseries

  • Schools: Primary, Secondary & Specialist

  • Cares Homes

  • Day Centres

  • Community Groups

  • Older People

  • Youth Centres

  • Associations: e.g Alzheimer's, Stroke, etc

  • Performance Projects


​Our Staff

Joanne Cochrane

Joanne has a Masters Degree in Applied Theatre from the University of Manchester and a BA honours degree in Theatre and Performance Studies. She has also taken part in continued professional development in many areas including age inclusive dance practice and leading drama with people with disabilities.

Joanne has considerable experience as a drama teacher, facilitator, director and a performer. Working both freelance and for different companies within Manchester, Rochdale and Oldham over the past 8 years Joanne has facilitated and directed a variety of theatre, movement and arts and heritage projects within schools, youth groups, theatres, universities, residential homes and community settings.


Joanne also delivers L.A.M.D.A. (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) tuition to children and adults taking examinations in Acting, Communication and Devising Theatre.


Martina Coggins

Martina is a professionally trained dancer with over 18 years of teaching experience with all ages and abilities. She has developed and implemented programmes of work for preschool, disability and over 50's dance both in the community and private dance sector.

Martina has worked as both a dance development officer and a freelance dance artiste and her work has extended as far as Pakistan. Martina has also performed with a number of dance troupes and companies performing in America and around the UK.


Martina has an HND in Dance & Physical Theatre is qualified in a wide range of dance styles under the International Dance Teachers Association, an OCN in Leading Older People in Dance and is a qualified aerobics instructor, Zumba instructor, Barre Concept Instructor, FitSteps instructor and cheerleading coach with UKCA.


Clare Heathcote

Clare has a degree in Dance and Drama from Liverpool Hope University and works full time with Tracing Steps as a freelance dance and drama teacher. You can catch her delivering our Disability Drama class at Elms Community Centre every Monday as well as teaching Street Dance and drama classes in schools and dance and drama classes within the community. 


Clare also helps deliver our 'lose it or use it' programme in care homes across Greater Manchester. She has worked for the team since early 2011.