Founders

Andrea Flynn DL

Andrea Flynn is the C.E.O. of Enter CIC and has over 28 years’ teaching experience and channelling her creativity toward getting the best out of young people. Andrea is the author of a wide range of resources. She is a consultant for several education authorities, TV Production companies, Performing Arts Schools and examination boards. Andrea trained at the Laban Centre (London) graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Dance Theatre and an Advanced Performance Diploma. She obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education (Drama/English) from Bretton Hall, University of Leeds and holds an MA in Professional Education from Leeds Metropolitan University. She also holds Advanced Diplomas in Mentoring and Raising Achievement in Schools and is a qualified Internal Assessor, External Moderator and Examiner for a number of Examination Boards.

Andrea has a vast range of teaching experience and has taught from Nursery level to Masters level. She is highly in demand by universities and businesses wishing to impart some of her infectious and inspiring energy, passion and commitment to their learners and colleagues.

In 1997 she co-founded Dance In Education Services, a company formed to create educational Dance resources to the compulsory and non-compulsory education sectors. She quickly established the company as a leader in the field of dance resources and teacher training. The company became the first port of call for education authorities across the UK. This level of success led to the formation of a publishing company which produced an array of dance resources including the international best seller ‘Dance G.C.S.Easy’.

Andrea has written numerous publications for an array of professional dance companies. She has received numerous commissions from national dance and sport agencies to create resources or lead national training programmes to create tomorrow’s dance and sport leaders. She has provided consultancy to schools and dance companies to support them in obtaining specialist arts status, establish training academies for young professional dancers and CPD for teachers.

Her resources are sold nationally and internationally and her teaching has helped to pave the way for dance resource development in the UK and beyond. Resources today owe much to Andrea’s pioneering work in prescriptive teaching and these resources are creating a new wave of academic and professional dance teachers that understand the core principles of educational dance. Look in any online or offline dance teaching resource written in the last 15 years and you will see Andrea’s influence.

Andrea has been presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution to regional, cultural Dance events. She has coordinated international events including developing and coordinating dance programmes and large scale international projects.

Andrea is highly respected in both the professional performance industry and educational fields. Throughout her career she has managed to successfully combine both worlds and in so doing has created countless opportunities for both professional performers and young people. Andrea has trained countless TV and West End stars and continues to inspire performers, businesses and education institutions through her inspirational guest speaking.

Andrea is just as passionate about creating opportunities now as she was when she began her journey. Her aim is to create opportunities for all and this can be seen by the countless number of professionals working in successful arts fields, inspired and guided by her teaching, passion and commitment to the highest standards.

Andrea became a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham in 2017 and works tirelessly and passionately to promote both the Lieutenancy itself and the talents and distinctiveness of County Durham and its people.


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Paul Flynn

Paul is a Director of Enter CIC. Paul trained at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance (1988-1991) and gained an Advanced Diploma in Dance Theatre Performance. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Bretton Hall (University of Leeds) and a Certificate in Education from Sunderland University. Paul is a qualified Assessor and Internal Verifier. Paul began working professionally in the creative industries in 1986 when he choreographed 20 schools and 20 community groups in Stockton International Riverside Festival’s Community Carnival. As a performer, he represented Britain in the Paris Bi-Centennial Bastille Day celebrations in 1989 amid a cast of specially chosen performers from around the world for this unique event.

In 1992 he co-founded SLAP Physical Theatre and created a wide range of original and experimental theatre which toured nationally and spearheaded, through work with legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold, the use of performers and circus artists for ‘clubbing events’ in the UK, Ibiza, Magaluf and across the globe.

Paul also worked as Principal Performer / Collaborator with DanceArt Company in the UK and San Francisco between 1991 and 1994. He performed in a wide range of venues and worked with great US choreographic innovators, Duncan MacFarland, Joanna Haigood, Robert Moses and Margaret Jenkins. Paul was one of only 6 performers on the inaugural crossing of the EuroStar from Waterloo to the Gar du Nord, in Paris.

Paul co-founded Dance In Education Services in 1998 with his wife, Andrea Mallen and, together, they have written and designed dance resources which have helped thousands of trainee and experienced teachers and artists deliver excellent Dance programmes in schools and community settings. The Adept Portal was the very first online education resource for Dance Teachers in the world.

Paul has over 20 years’ experience creating digital resources including websites, interactive DVDs, videos, apps and e-learning content.

Paul is an experienced teacher of Dance and Drama in Foundation, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4/GCSE/A Level, FE and HE programmes.

He is a prolific writer of theatre for young people. His full length musicals have been staged in schools, theatres and festivals across the UK. He is a writer, lyricist, composer and animator and also advises Enter CIC on licensing, copyright, e-Safety and is a CEOP Ambassador.