ALUMNI

1987 - 2002

Kirsty's love of dance started when she enrolled at Miss Berry's School of Dance in 1987! Kirsty then trained at London Studio Centre where she acheived a BA Hons in Theatre Dance. During her third year of training Kirsty toured with 'The Jazz Dance Company' and performed the 'Cha Cha Slide' by DJ Casper on the BBC's 'Top of the Pops'. Kirsty joined 'The WOW Show' at the Royal Garden Theatre in Eilat, Israel for 3 years where she danced a range of genres including irish step, ballroom, can-can, jazz and performed in soloist roles. Kirsty then went onto cruising the Mediterranean for a summer season with MSC Cruises. Working under DGM Arts Events, Kirsty danced in 7 shows and was also the Magicians Assistant. On returning to Israel, Kirsty was a dancer on the National Tour of 'Festigal' and danced for the 'Festigal' Presentation aired on HOT VOD at Herzalia Television Studios. Kirsty was also a featured dancer on the music video for the soundtrack of 'Festigal'. Kirsty continued on to modelling and presenting with Fashion TV. Where she made several promotional videos and also performed at Live events. In May 2012, Kirsty worked for 'Moore Entertainment' at Benidorm Palace, Spain. She completed 2 contracts with 'Glamour' and 'Surreal' learning new dance techniques - Spanish Classical and Flemenco Dance. Kirsty performed in the 'Crazy Paris Show' at the Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau and most recently worked for Jack Dolles 'Dolly Dollies' in the show 'Folies de Paris' at the Korona and Perla Casino's in Slovenia. Kirsty has now returned home and settled in Westhill. Her 5 year old daughter, Morgan, is now attending Danscentre in Westhill. 

KIRSTY BLACK

2000 - 2003

George was born in Glasgow and went on to study at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. After graduating he went on to work as a performer and choreographer in the UK and Europe. George teaches Dance, Yoga and Pilates and is passionate about inclusive education. Since 2010 George has been mentoring and training dancers with specific needs alongside Helen Gould George Co-established LPM Dance, an arts organisation that brings dance to diverse groups within the community 

GEORGE ADAMS

KATIE ARMSTRONG

2001 - 2007

Katie began her training at Danscentre.  She then went on to train at Rambert School, and performed with Rambert Company during her third year.  Since graduating, she has worked with companies and artists including Rosie Kay Dance Company, National Theatre Scotland, Company Chordelia, Scottish Opera, for Jack Webb, Simon Fildes/Wyn Pottratz, and for Tai Shani.  Katie is currently working with Barrowland Ballet and with Éowyn Emerald and Dancers.  She has created work for Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2020, for the People’s Post Code Lottery 2020, Dance International Glasgow 2019, for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2018, Merchant City Festival 2018 and Hidden Door Festival 2017. Katie is currently being supported by Creative Scotland to choreograph and direct SKETCHES Film Project, in partnership with the Beacon Arts Centre and Platform Theatre.

PHOTO CREDIT: Eoin Carey 

1994 - 2008

Róisín attended Danscentre from a very young age up until 2008, when she moved to Edinburgh to study English Literature. She returned to dance in 2014 and retrained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, earning a Diploma in Dance Studies with Distinction. Since graduating, she has been working as a freelance dance critic and choreographer in Scotland. She has been published in dance-specific and national publications, and works closely with European dance organisation Aerowaves and its related publication, Springback Magazine. Her choreography has been shown at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Resolution in London, and DanceLive in Aberdeen. In 2020, she was the Dance Development Manager for Citymoves’ DanceLive Festival, and in 2021 was named as one of the creatives in The Lyceum’s Artist Attachment scheme in Edinburgh. 

RÓISÍN O'BRIEN

BAILEY SHAW

2005 - 2013

After leaving Danscentre in 2013 Bailey moved to London to train at Millennium Performing Arts before completing her Degree in Musical Theatre with The University of Creative Arts. Not long after graduating she was given the opportunity to work a with choreographer Mark Smith as part of Ruthie Henshall’s production company- Three Pin productions. Performing alongside Ruthie in her Kander and Ebb revue. Bailey has been fortunate enough to work with some incredible choreographers for BBC and ITV - working as a resident dancer on “The Nightly Show” in 2016 and filming for 6 months in Oxfordshire for the 1950s BBC drama “Summer of Rockets”. During 2016-2019 she was a part of the London jazz company “Gen-X” with West End performer and drag artist Ian Stroughair. Most recently in 2020 Bailey finished a contract as a “WW2 swing” dancer on an upcoming movie alongside Colin Firth - hopefully being released in cinemas this year. Due to a reoccurring knee injury and the current pandemic she has placed her career in the performing arts world on hold. Bailey is now a Level 4 Personal trainer and strength coach working in the SE and City of London. Bailey hopes to continue performing alongside her fitness career and will always thank Danscentre for all the incredible opportunities and encouragement she received during her 9 years of training.  

AMY LONGMUIR

2006 - 2013

Amy was a originally a student at Academy Street Dance Studio and joined Danscentre for further training from 2006-2013. In 2013 they moved to Edinburgh and spent a formative year on the DEBS scheme at Dance Base, mentored by Matthew Hawkins. Amy has been working as a freelance performer and teacher since then, branching out into circus as well as dance. They regularly perform as part of acro/aerial duo ‘Amy and Saya’ and are currently working on a new dance theatre show for young people with Angharad Jones. 

2009 - 2013

Mich studied at London Studio Centre and gained a First Class Honors Degree in Theatre Dance and awarded the Peter Brinson Achievement in Contemporary, along with a Leverhulme Scholarship. Since graduating in 2016, she has performed professionally and toured throughout the UK and Europe with contemporary dance companies, alongside dancing in music videos and festivals. Being a multidisciplined dance artist, she is heavily inspired by contemporary, music, rhythm and hip hop styles. Mich also uses photography and videography to further explore her artistry alongside dance, using visual art as a tool to create thought provoking work. You can see her work on Instagram:  www.instagram.com/roseymich

MICHELLE ROSE

2002 - 2015

Clara Cowen attended Danscentre from 2002 to 2015. In 2015, aged 17, she moved to London after successfully auditioning for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, one of the top contemporary dance schools in the UK. During her training at Laban, she was also a member of the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland (NYDCS), travelling from London to Glasgow every month for rehearsals. With NYDCS, she had the opportunity to perform across Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally to India and Australia. Since graduating, Clara has become a Core Company Artist for Thomas Page Dances and has performed in creative projects such as ‘Found’ for Alison Thomas. In 2019, Clara co-founded the dance theatre company Sliding Doors with Rachel Laird. Their first work Penthouse Hickies made its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 to a sold-out audience. Penthouse Hickies has since been performed across both Scotland and England, including Resolution 2020 at The Place. Sliding Doors have been generously supported through residencies at Citymoves, in Aberdeen. Clara additionally works for the hip-hop youth dance organisation Impact Dance, using her creativity and experience of high-quality youth dance as their Marketing & Communications Officer. She is also working on a freelance basis as the Marketing Manager for dance artist Taylor Han. 

CLARA COWEN

LUCY COWIE

2003 - 2016

Ex-student Lucy graduated from The Urdang Academy with a First Class BA (Hons) in 2019, gaining representation from Grantham Hazeldine, a boutique agency in London. She has worked as a dancer, singer and voiceover artist across multiple areas of the industry. Dance works include Edgar Wright’s feature film ‘Last Night in Soho (2021)’ and immersive theatre productions with 1920’s vintage troupe ‘The London Bombshells’. During COVID-19, Lucy worked on various film productions, including ‘Fantastic Beasts 3 (2022)’ as a Visual Effect stunt artist. Lucy has very fond memories of Danscentre, where she not only gained excellent dance training, but learnt important life skills and built firm friendships.

KIM FRANCEY

2003 - 2017

Kim is in her final year of training at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona and is expected to graduate with a BA (Hons) degree in Dance, June 2021. She has worked with a range of exceptional, international teachers, artists and choreographers including Sara Colomino and Julia Ehrstrand. Kim was fortunate to be able to perform Ehrstrand’s piece, KoЖa for a live audience in December 2020. Upon graduation, she looks forward to embracing life as a professional dance artist working internationally. Still drawing on the lessons she learned there, Danscentre helped shape Kim into the person and dancer that she is today as well as provided her the opportunity to build lifelong friendships. 

HEATHER SMITH

2007 - 2017

Heather started her training at Danscentre in 2007 where she took part across all disciplines as well as continuing highland with The Sinclair School of Highland Dance. In 2018 she completed the foundation course at The Liverpool institute of Performing arts (LIPA). This was an amazing experience and she can’t recommend a Foundation course highly enough, it was the most intense yet fulfilling year. Heather got to experience taking part in the UK reunion tour of FAME in Liverpool as well as meeting Sir Paul McCartney at the Foundation Graduation as he is the founder of LIPA. Heather went on to complete first year of a HND at MGA in Edinburgh, where she gained new skills such as Ariel work, Latin and her first experience of being Swing for the end of year show. Last year Heather decided to re-audition for LIPA, where she successfully gained a place on the BA(hons) degree course. Heather highly recommends LIPA as an institution, the training, connections and opportunities are outstanding, as well as small year groups which make the entire process so personal.

ROSIE MACKLEY

2014 - 2017

Rosie graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2020 with a BA in Modern Ballet as well as winning the prize for the top graduating student. She will complete an MA in Dance Producing and Management in 2021 although still has the ambition of performing professionally again after her first contract was cancelled due to COVID-19. She performed with Scottish Ballet on their tour of “Wee Hansel and Gretel” in Edinburgh, Ullapool and Stornaway. At RCS, she won the choreographic competition and in 2019 was a One Dance UK Young Creative which enabled her to produce her work on the Linbury stage at the Royal Opera House. Choreographically she has an interest in illusion and is looking to produce more of her own work. 

Maxine Hamilton

BA Classical Ballet and Dance Performance, DipHE Dance Education, Registered teacher of the RAD, ISTD DDI.

 

Maxine attained a BA Classical Ballet & Dance Performance with Distinction at Ballet West and has also achieved a Diploma of Higher Education in Dance Education from the Royal Academy of Dance. She completed the graduate apprenticeship program (GAP) with Tempered Body Dance Theatre. She has worked as a professional dancer and actress on projects including: The Cone Gatherers (National Tour), Aladdin (Arts Centre), Red Riding Hood (Arts Centre), We Share (RichMix – London), White Night (Melbourne).

During her time in London, Maxine was appointed the Director of Community Dance for contemporary company Tempered Body Dance Theatre and delivered workshops to dance students around England during their “It goes here now” tour. Maxine has choreographed for corporate events, fashion shows and theatre productions. She has worked for YDance in the role of rehearsal assistant, Scottish Youth Theatre as movement director and for Ausdance Victoria delivering creative movement educational workshops in Melbourne. She has taught at various dance schools in the UK and in Australia, teaching ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary.

Angela Towler

Angela began training at Danscentre in 1987, before moving on to study dance at the London Contemporary Dance School. She graduated from there in 1995 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree. She then joined Richard Alston Dance Company until 1999 before moving on to join Rambert. She has danced and created many leading roles for top national and international choreographers, including Christopher Bruce, Wayne McGregor, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Merce Cunningham and Michael Clark. In 2007, Angela was nominated for a TMA award for Achievement in Dance, and was voted 25th in the Scottish List’s ‘Top 100 most influential Scots’ in the same year. Angela has choreographed three works which entered the Rambert repertoire, as well as choreography for BBC3 and ITV. In 2011, she choreographed The Wella ITVA Awards, New York. In the same year, she was nominated for the CriticsCircle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern). Angela was Rehearsal Director at Rambert until 2019, and is now currently a Contemporary Teacher at the Royal Ballet School.

Laura Main

Laura Main went to school at Hazelhead Academy and took dance lessons at Danscentre. She went on to study art history at Aberdeen University, before starting drama school at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Laura started performing in musical theatre at the age of 14 when she landed the role of Annie with Phoenix Youth Theatre. At age 15 she debuted in the role of Louisa Von Trapp in a stage production of The Sound of Music. At university, she performed as part of the musical society Treading the Boards in Aberdeen. She has performed on stage in several productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2011, she appeared in the Stephen Sondheim musical Company. Since 2011, Laura has been an actress in the BBC Drama Series Call the Midwife. Laura also won the Children in Need Strictly Come Dancing Special in 2016 with dance partner Brendan Cole.

Robert Noble

From Peterhead, Robert began training with Danscentre as a young boy. Since leaving Danscentre in 2010, Robert went to study at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary, where he obtained his BA (Hons) in Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Upon graduation, Robert continued his training with the Northern Ballet Graduate Professional program. After completing this program, he joined Ballet Theatre UK. Whilst at Ballet Theatre UK Robert danced a wide variety of roles, highlights include Pinnochio in Pinnochio, the Sultan in Aladdin and Prince Seigfried in Swan Lake. Robert is currently freelancing in London, and has been in involved in many different project which include a fashion film for Ingenue Magazine, dancing in feature films and research and development project with choreographer Beth Terwilleger.

Gordon Raeburn

From Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Gordon began training with Danscentre from a young age. He then trained at the Dance School of Scotland before going on to study dance at Trinity Laban. He went on to join Transitions Dance Company. Gordon is a freelance dance artist who is working and creating work in London, Brighton and throughout Scotland. Gordon is part of the Swallowsfeet collective, who for the past 3 years have curated organised and hosted the Swallowsfeet festival, Brightons international festival for independent dance, he is currently performing the solo Pibroch Tales working with choreographer Jayne Port, and various projects with Kathryn Spence Dance and FlicKerr Dance Company. Previous projects include Lay Down working with visual artist Leah Capaldi, Impronte Choreographed Barbara Greco, performed at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Spun Though Shadows choreographed by Thea Stanton and toured thoroughout London, Myrtle Throgmorton, Ancient Heckler performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with comedian Jennie Chalmers.

Harris Beattie

Harris has danced since the age of 7, training at Danscentre, and has now been a dancer with Northern Ballet since 2018. He has performed in a variety of works ranging from Classical Ballets, Contemporary/Neo-classical repertoire and Children’s Ballets. During Harris’s training in 2017 he won the prestigious Gold medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition, along with the Audience choice award and Choreographic prize. In 2015 he won the RAD Phyllis Bedells Bursary. From 2012-2013 Harris played the title role of ‘Billy’ in Billy Elliot the Musical In London’s West End.

ROBERT NOBLE

2005 - 2010

Robert graduated from Rambert School in 2013. Upon graduating he worked with touring ballet company Ballet Theatre UK.  Robert performed in lots of productions over his two and a half years with the company, including Swan Lake, A Christmas Carol, Snow Queen and Pinocchio. After leaving Ballet Theatre UK in 2016, he returned to London to work as a freelance dancer, artist, and choreographer. Credits include - Birds of Paradise (fashion Film), Eclipse (short film), Been so Long (feature film), Sonder (Short film), and Silent Meat (Play). In 2018, Robert co-founded Haus Of Bam Bam, a nightlife collective, who produces events in the London nightlife circuit. These include the cabaret show Wham Bam Bam, drag brunches at the The Post Bar and hosts club nights such as Trash Chic. Most recently he choreographed and featured in Real Lies Music Video Oh, Me, Oh My alongside fellow Danscentre alumni Gordon Raeburn. 

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