Team Jubacana

Team Jubacana is made up of fantastic experienced creatives and up-and-coming coming young artists dedicated to the sharing of high quality exciting music and dance for young people.


Director & Musical Director

Helping to shape pathways for young artists is one of Holly’s most rewarding ventures. With over 20 years experience in studying, performing and teaching percussion as a specialist in Afro-Brazilian Culture, Holly is passionate about passing on her skills to the next generation. She is also the Director of Juba do Leão, a Manchester based percussion and dance collective for adults and is the Artistic Director of Global Grooves, an inspirational arts charity dedicated to sharing high-quality specialist training in inspirational international performance arts.


Music & Movement


Simone is a performer and teacher, and has been shimmying across stages for the past 10 years. She specialises in Afro-Brazilian cultural art forms and regularly performs with Juba do Leão. Simone is passionate about sharing her love for performance with others and just having fun with it, and is gifted in her work with young people.

Simone’s number one quote (cheesy but true)
“By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.”


Youth Project Manager

In Jubacana Freya will be working along-side other members of the team to produce performances and gathering ideas for the group. Freya is a young up-and-coming dancer with interests also in drumming and aspects of visual arts. She has spent most of her life involved in various dance groups who regularly attend competitions around the North West. She will also be working a lot on the marketing side of things to gather experience for a future in producing. Freya also took part in the Future Leaders program with Global Grooves as a dancer and has more recently become involved with performing in carnival-style gigs in the area.


Youth Musical Director


Emma is 16 and has been helping to direct the music of Jubacana since it first began in 2014. She writes and arranges the material, then teaches and shares it to the rest of the group to build on it each week. She is a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums/percussion, piano, flute, guitar, and anything she can get hold of. She is really passionate about making music with others, especially people her own age. The main thing is to create an awesome sound together and give the dancers something amazing to move to as well. Emma is also a graduate of Global Grooves’ Future Leaders programme, she was a part of the first ever course in 2014.



Project Manager & Support

Dan helps run Jubacana from behind the scenes, both online and offline. You’ll find him running around backstage and also playing alongside everyone in rehearsals. He’s a professional vocalist, musician and artist. Dan is also a freelance arts worker and project manager. He’s seen first hand how inspirational Carnival arts projects can have a big impact on young people and is excited about working for many years developing Jubacana.






Mike is a guitarist, songwriter and teacher, and has been developing the melody side of Jubacana’s acoustic music project as a guest artist. He is a fantastic multi-instrumentalist and has been working with Holly on projects in schools and communities for the past 5 years. Mike heads up the guitar work and stringed instrument arrangements. His dance moves are also a thing of legend when Jubacana are performing and he is in the crowd.