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Meet The Team


Dr Thania Acarón, PhD, BC-DMT, FHEA

Role: Director, Facilitator & Dance Movement Psychotherapist


Dr Thania Acarón is a dance movement psychotherapist, researcher, lecturer and performer from Puerto Rico. She obtained her PhD on the role of dance in violence prevention at the University of Aberdeen and holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University. She is certified as a clinical supervisor and dance movement psychotherapist in the UK and US and has worked in the field since 2006.  She also directs interdisciplinary group Orphaned Limbs Collective, and co-directs Fflamingo, a community interest company promoting LGBTQ+ performance projects. Acarón is a lecturer at the University of South Wales and offers international workshops on movement for wellbeing, therapeutic work with the LGBT+ community, embodied decision-making and violence prevention.

Thania is now based in Wales, and is the director of The Body Hotel so is responsible for the day to day running of the company. She also runs the staff training and organisational workshops that the company offers. She is a member of various dance therapy associations and networks including the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, the American Dance Therapy Association, the Latin American Dance Movement Therapy Network, the Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network and the Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum. She also sits on the advisory board for Creative Cardiff and the editorial board for LGBTQYMRU.


Shailesh Patel, Non-Executive Director


Shailesh has built successful businesses over 25 years, bringing a wealth of expertise in business management, financial consultancies, and a strong passion for mentoring and supporting small businesses. As a self-driven entrepreneur, Shailesh holds interest in developing innovative projects and as Non-Executive Director for The Body Hotel, supports the overall vision development of the company and its Advisory Board. Shailesh is an avid marathoner and distance runner, and heavily believes in the importance of physical activity in our wellbeing.


Emma Thorpe, BMus (Hons)

Role: Moving Respite Programme Manager (2020-2022)


Emma is our Arts Management Intern who looks after the marketing and promotion side of the company, as well as assisting with general management tasks. She is based in Wales, and is currently studying for an MA in Arts Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is a previous graduate of Cardiff University (Bachelor of Music) and has been involved in the Arts since she was very young including music, theatre and dance. Having previously worked with high profile Arts organisations such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the National Open Youth Orchestra, she aims to work with charities and companies who want to make a real difference in the Arts world. Working with The Body Hotel is a new adventure for Emma, and she is looking forward to raising the profile of the company, helping more people improve their lives through dance and movement.