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Ava Baron Thomas: Artistic Director/Owner of DanSci Limited – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Ava Baron Thomas: Artistic Director/Owner of DanSci Limited – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Biggest professional achievement to date

Launching our own range of bespoke dancewear; a massive milestone in our development, with a huge whole studio Dance Showcase at the Exeter Corn Exchange.

Most profound business moment

Getting the keys to our own premises; walking into a derelict, rundown, empty space and realising we could make magic happen.

Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni

You don’t have to be superwoman but there is nothing stopping you from chasing your dreams. Stop worrying about what others think and do the things that make you happy.

If you could make one change to the world…

I wish creative industries were perceived as being as valuable as academic subjects, within our culture and education system. I would insist that music, art, dance & sports were given equal emphasis.

Heartfelt belief

You only get one chance at life. Be the best person you can be. Love and give as much as you can and you can achieve anything.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass … it’s about learning to dance in the rain”



Video From The Celebration




100 Most Influential Women 2018

Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’ – AVAILABLE NOW!





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