Mary Mannion is a former professional contemporary dancer. She holds a BPA (Hons) Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in performance from Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has performed across Europe for the last nine years. After completing a Creative Writing course at Central Saint Martins, writing has become her creative output, with a keen focus on human rights and activism. In 2018 she wrote a contemporary dance performance piece called I Have Never Seen This, which she is currently sharing with audiences in the U.K.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine attended a professional contemporary class one morning, and later that evening perused Facebook to find that the teacher had shared a video of her dancing a phrase from class. A successful and professional working dancer, she was horrified to see a video of herself online that she had never given permission to be used, or even been approached about.