Effie McGuire Ward

Effie McGuire Ward is a contemporary dance artist based in Milton Keynes. She undertakes work as a performer, choreographer and teacher across community dance, educational and professional settings. Effie trained at Stella Mann College and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Her performance projects have included working with Shobana Jeyasingh, Rosemary Lee, Hannah Pickett, Gary Clarke, Stopgap Dance Company, Ffin Dance, NOCTURN, JoinedUp Dance and Two Thirds Sky. Effie first performed in Medway in 2019 appearing as a Fairy for the Brook Theatre’s Christmas production in Chatham created by resident companies Loop Dance, Play on Words Theatre Company and Icon Theatre.

Effie is currently a supporting artist for the Collective IDentity Project with Danielle Jones (Teale): engaging people with Parkinson’s in the creation of live and filmed performance work, with an exhibition touring libraries, arts centres and hospitals.

Effie also teaches contemporary classes for Tring Park Associates. Her teaching and facilitation roles have included delivering classes, workshops and residencies for Rambert, Rambert School, DanceXchange Birmingham, Motionhouse, Arts1 School of Performance, Hull Dance, and Yorkshire Movement and Dance. Alongside her teaching and performance work, Effie co-founded and co-directed MÓTUS, a dance festival for Milton Keynes for its first five years