Stories Blogs Introducing Lucie Mirkova Lucie has worked in the dance sector for over 15 years in a variety of roles – as a performer, teacher, choreographer, producer, manager and programmer. She joined the DanceXchange team in 2013 after finishing her Masters in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck College in London. Lucie's passion and enthusiasm for dance started at my early age "My parents remember when I was about 5 years old that I tried to stage my first ballet in the living room on the music of Bedrich Smetana." Lucie founded, (and for seven years led artistically), a Prague based community dance company before going to study choreography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where she gained her MA in 2006. After graduation Lucie worked as a producer for DOT504 Dance Company, the first regularly funded contemporary dance company in the Czech Republic. During her time with the company she produced and managed numerous dance projects and toured internationally. Moving to the UK in 2010 to pursue her MA at Birkbeck, Lucie then worked for Retina Dance Company in Nottingham before joining dx as Programme Manager for Performance and Artist Development. In this role Lucie worked alongside the Director of Production and Programming on the development and delivery of International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 "I also led on the establishment of a more robust and cohesive Artist development programme. My most important personal accomplishment during this period was the start of regular professional classes in partnership with Birmingham Dance Network and the following increased number of professional development opportunities for the artists in the region." Building on this initiative dx launched several of our current schemes such as dx Associates, dx Choreography Award and Dance Insights. Lucie then moved within the organisation to the role of Executive Producer and led on the strategic development and delivery of all our Performance and Artist development programmes including the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project and curating the programme for International Dance Festival Birmingham 2018.