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    Megan Bathgate

Megan is a former pupil of Dansarena Studios where she trained for 15yrs. She left Dansarena Studios in 2013 after successfully auditioning for Bodywork Company International in Cambridge. During her 3yrs at Bodywork Megan worked with many industry professionals, danced at a number of charity events throughout the UK and had the opportunity to go to New York and dance at Broadway Dance Centre.

Over the past 4yrs Megan has danced at the Gaiety Theatre Ayr with Michael Courtney Productions during Pantomime season and in 2016/17 became Junior and Senior Dance Captain. She is returning to Ayr this year as Dance Captain having successfully secured this position.

Following Megan's graduation in July 2016 she was offered her first professional dance contract and moved to Greece. Her success has continued securing further contracts this year touring Paphos in Cyprus and latterly in Greece. Megan is also a qualified Circuit Coach at Curves Gym. Megan is passionate about Dance and Fitness and delighted to have started her career at Dansarena Studios.

 
 

 
 
Sande Dempster

Sande, a former pupil of Dansarena Studios has worked as a professional commercial dancer for 16 years. During this time, she has performed with some of the major pop bands, from tours, music videos, live music events, TV shows, fashion shows and TV commercials.

Her extensive dance career has allowed her to assist some of the best choreographers in the business. This later progressed to take the lead in choreography.

   
     
Artists performed with include:
Robbie Williams
Girls Aloud
Spice Girls – Performer/assistant choreographer
Take That
STEPS
Kylie
Atomic Kitten
Destiny’s Child – Performer/assistant choreographer
Tom Jones
Petshop Boys
Boyzone – performer/assistant choreographer

Five – performer/assistant choreographer
Peter Andre
Boy George - performer/assistant choreographer
Michael Bolton - performer/assistant choreographer
Rachel Stevens
Bryan Adams - performer/assistant choreographer
Cliff Richard
Paul McCartney
Sophie Ellis Bexter
Lionel Richie - performer/assistant choreographer
Seal
 
     
Performed backing vocals for: STEPS, Haddoway, Boyzone, Mantronix and various dance tracks.
 
     
Shows worked on:
Top of The Pops
CD:UK
SMTV
The Big Breakfast
Royal Variety Performance
Stars in Your Eyes
Gladiators
Ministry of Mayhem
X Factor
Children in Need
Pepsi Chart Show

Popworld
Smash Hits Poll Party
BRIT’s
MTV
MOBO
Pop Rivals
Audience with Cliff Richards / STEPS
Nickelodeon
Girls & Boys
White Room
The Clothes Show
 
     
- Victoria Secret Fashion Shows, London, Paris and Beijing.
- New Balance fashion shows London, Los Angeles and Boston.
- Ralph & Russo fashion shows London fashion week 2017
- Numerous trade, fashion shows and commercials from Adidas, Harley Davidson, Speedo, BMW, Porsche,
  Clarks, Top Shop, Trevor Sorbet…….And a whole lot more that is stored in a back catalogue.


Hip Hop classes for children
 
 
 

 
 
  April Genadieva

After 15 years at Dansarena Studios, April went on to study at Bodywork Performing Arts college in Cambridge, where she gained a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. Since leaving college April has danced all over the UK in a variety of productions, spanning from hotels to theatres and even a short stint in a travelling circus.

In 2012, April then made the move over to Benidorm, Spain where she has been performing on the cabaret circuit ever since, choreographing and performing for tribute shows such as Madonna, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Kylie Minogue. Now a wife and mother of two, April and her family are looking forward to moving back to Scotland in the near future, and the adventures that follow.
 
 

 
 
Niamh Gormley

Niamh began dancing at Dansarena Studios from aged 3 to 14 before continuing her training at the Dance School of Scotland. Niamh is currently in her second year of training at Millennium Performing Arts.

Theatre Credits: Chorus in Jason Robert Brown and Very Special Guests starring Ramin Karimloo in association with National Youth Music Theatre (Apollo Theatre); Dancer in Jock N' Roll (Pavillion Theatre, Glasgow); Performer in The Chris Taylor Show (Gaiety Theatre, Ayr) Ensemble in Glasgow Philharmonia Movies to Musicals (Glasgow City Halls).

 
 
 

 
 
  Conor Lee-Bourke

Conor was born and raised in Ayr, Scotland where he began his dance training at Dansarena Studios before further developing his classical ballet technique with the Junior and Senior Associate Program at Scottish Ballet and with the Junior Conservatoire of Scotland.

In 2011 Conor successfully auditioned for and performed in the world premier of Matthew Bourne's 'Lord of the Flies', an experience that would completely change his perspective of the world of dance.

In 2014 he joined the 3-year BA Modern Ballet Program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in the summer of 2017. Conor performed in various productions including Jamil Laurence's 'Whit's Fir Ye' at Dumfries House for HRH Prince of Wales. Conor has also been fortunate enough to work with Scottish Ballet during their Summer, Autumn and Winter tours in 2016/17. Conor performed in Crystal Pite's 'Emergence' and Christopher Hampson's 'Hansel and Gretel' as well as learning chorography from Anjelin Preljocaj's 'MC1422' and taking part in the creation process of Sophie Laplane's 'Sibilo'.

In August 2017 Conor began a full-time contract with the Delattre Dance Company in Mainz Germany and recently secured a second cast place playing 'Dorian Gray' in the company's upcoming eponymous production.

 
 

 
 
Lucy MacPhail

Born and raised in Scotland, Lucy began her training at Dansarena Studios. During her time here she achieved Distinctions in grades 4 to Advanced 1 Royal Academy of Dance Examinations. Lucy gained a place in Scottish Ballet’s Associate scheme and trained there weekly for three years. Following on from this she was selected into the junior conservatoire run by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

As part of her preparation for full time vocational training throughout the holiday seasons, Lucy attended a number of summer schools such as Elmhurst School for Dance, The Royal Ballet Upper Summer Course and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Gaining a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BA Modern Ballet has exposed Lucy to rigorous training in a diverse range of dance specialties and the opportunity to collaboration with artists in related fields. Lucy has been fortunate enough to work with a number of talented choreographers such as Matthew Robinson, Diana Loosemore, Sophie Laplane and Christopher Hampson. The summer breaks have afforded the opportunity to expand her knowledge and repertoire through attendance at Prague International Ballet Masterclasses.

Currently Lucy is in the process of completing her graduate year at RCS and is currently auditioning for ballet and contemporary companies.

 
 

Hope McMillan   Hope McMillan

Hope started dancing at the age of two and a half at Dansarena Studios. Whilst a pupil there, Hope completed her RAD ballet exams, ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap exams.

At the age of seventeen, she continued her studies at Bodywork Dance Company, Cambridge, where she graduated with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre. Hope is currently performing in a variety of shows in Terra Mitica, Benidorm's biggest theme park.


Lisa McRoberts

Lisa a former pupil of Dansarena Studios has worked for many years as a Pilates instructor, Personal Trainer and Les Mills Group Fitness Instructor, teaching Body Pump and the dance based programs, Sh’bam and Body Jam.

Lisa believes that the talented and experienced teachers, past and present at Dansarena have provided her with the best opportunity to learn the value of flawless technique and performance quality, which she continues to use every day in her career. Lisa feels that any pupil under the care of the Dansarena Teachers, are truly in the best of hands

 

  Charlotte Mitchell

Charlotte started dancing at Dansarena Studios from age 5 and attended classes regularly till she was 16. While at Dansarena she sat many RAD ballet and ISTD tap and modern exams before leaving in 2014 after gaining a place on the three-year musical theatre course at Performers College in Essex. While training she appeared in the 2016 pantomime 'Beauty and the Beast' at the Palace Theatre and as 'Thea' in 'Spring Awakening' at the Towngate Theatre, Essex. Charlotte graduated from Performers in July this year and is currently in rehearsals for the TUI Discovery 2 where she will join the cast as a Singer/Dancer performing 11 different shows as well as solo cabarets on board the ship as it cruises the Caribbean and the Mediterranean until July next year.


Lynsey Reid

Lynsey was born in Prestwick and trained at Dansarena Studios from the age of 16. She then moved to London to train
professionally at Bird College where she graduated in 2013 with a BA (hons) Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.

After graduating she performed as Singer/Dancer on P&O Australia for two contracts.

She made her Musical Theatre debut as Ensemble in ‘Hinterm Horizont’ in Berlin, Germany in Potsdamer Platz Theater. She has since continued to work in Germany, performing in ‘Der Medicus’ in Fulda in 2016 and ‘Tanz der Vampire’ in Stuttgart in 2017.
She is thoroughly looking forward to her next musical engagement, ‘Fame’ in Kiel, Germany.

 

Sophie Riddoch   Sophie Riddoch

Sophie trained at Dansarena Studios from the age of 2, completing her way through the school until advanced level. In 2011 she went to study acting at Reid Kerr College (now UWS) and graduated with her HND in Acting and Performance in 2013.

Since graduating Sophie has appeared in many productions touring around the U.K. Currently she is on tour with Hopscotch Theatre Company in RIGHTS OF THE CHILD which is playing round primary schools in Scotland.

Sophie's other professional credits include: Hope, HOPE (U.K Tour), Georgie/Mum, THIS IS MY LIFE (Scottish Tour), Nikki/Various Roles CYBERBUDDY (Scottish Tour), Fallon McGoven, BOSCHEMIAN MATRIMONY (The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr), Juliet, ROMEO AND JULIET (The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr), Angela LIKE A VIRGIN (The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock), Elizabeth Proctor THE CRUCIBLE (The Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow), Belle, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr), Gertrude, HAMLET (UWS Theatre), Mary McGinty, ONCE A CATHOLIC (UWS Theatre).

Sophie is currently represented by Victoria Steven at VSCasting and also has an actors page on Facebook that you can use to keep up to date with any new projects she shall be working on.

Sophie also works as a children's entertainer and drama workshop leader.

After Sophie's current tour she will go straight into rehearsals to play Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ for a Scottish Pantomime Tour.


Vicky Riddoch

Vicky trained at Dansarena Studios from the age of 5, completing her way up the school to advanced level. In 2005 she gained a place at the London Studio Centre where she trained professionally for 3 years gaining a degree in Theatre Dance.

Since graduating Vicky has worked extensively throughout Europe. She is currently based in Berlin where she is in rehearsals for GHOST THE MUSICAL, which will play at the Theater des Westens until October 2018.

Vicky’s other credits are; MARY POPPINS, Swing/Cover Miss Lark (Apollo Theater, Stuttgart/Ronacher Theater, Vienna), A CHORUS LINE, Dance Captain/Cover Val und Connie (Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Austria), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, Ensemble (Amstetten, Austria), Flashdance, Ensemble (Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland), MAMMA MIA!, Ensemble (Palladium Theater, Stuttgart), TANZ DER VAMPIRE, Ensemble (Theater des Westens, Berlin), WICKED, Mother/Ensemble (Circus Theater Scheveningen, Holland), LUCKY STIFF, Dominique (Greenwich Theatre, London), SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, Ensemble/ Cover Snow White (Kings Theatre, Glasgow)
  Vicky Riddoch

  Jenna Sloan

Jenna’s dancing journey began at Dansarena studios Ltd at the age of 3. Whilst studying at Dansarena Jenna passed all RAD ballet exams and ISTD Modern and Tap exams and attended Scottish Ballet Junior Associates.

At the age of 16 Jenna successfully auditioned for Central School of Ballet and moved to London for 3 years of full-time vocational training. In her second year at Central she received the musicality award and in her third year she took to the road and toured the UK with Ballet Central. Upon graduation from Central in 2002 Jenna was offered a contract with Ballet Ireland and performed in several tours. In June 2005 she travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to represent Ballet Ireland at Halifax Ballet Theatre. Jenna was also part of the educational team at Ballet Ireland and visited schools throughout Ireland to teach and promote dance.

In 2006 Jenna returned to Scotland and began working with The Curve Foundation in Edinburgh and performed works choreographed by Merce Cunningham and Hofesh Shechter. In summer 2007, after performing in the opening production of the Edinburgh International Festival she was sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council to travel to New York and take classes at the Merce Cunningham Studio.
In 2008 and 2009 Jenna performed with Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera (WNO) in the world premiere of David McVicar’s production of La Traviata. In 2011 Jenna performed at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in McVicar’s Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg and at the start of 2012 Jenna returned to WNO to reprise her role in La Traviata. In the summer of 2012 Jenna fulfilled her dream and performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden featuring in the world premiere of McVicar’s epic production, Les Troyens. At the start of 2013 Jenna travelled to Geneva and worked with the Opera at Le Grande Theatre De Geneve and in 2014 she returned for a final season with WNO.

Jenna has now retired from dance and is a happy, contented mummy to Lochlin.

Ashton McTear

Ashton McTear previously trained at Dansarena Studios in Ayr from the age of 2-17. In addition, she attended Scottish Ballet Associates scheme as a Junior and Senior associate. She graduated in July 2017 after three years of training at Millennium Performing Arts in London and is currently represented by Callback Management.

Shortly after graduating Ashton performed alongside SClub7 at PKD festival in July as a backing dancer. Ashton then went on to perform in the Liam Dolan show at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr. Over the Christmas period of 2016 and 2017 Ashton was dance captain and senior ensemble at the Palace Theatre Kilmarnock in Imagine Theatres Pantomime-Beauty and the Beast and Dick Whittington. Whilst training at Millennium, Ashton has worked alongside a variety of choreographers including Stephen Mear and Jo Morris who have choreographed 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie in Paris and Top Hat in London. She also worked with Joe Pitcher (director of Matilda the musical) on material for a new West End show.

Ashton is a Principle Dancer with Torgan Dance Company, the most recent project being a collaboration with Toby Young in a London premier performance in Covent Garden.

Ashton looks forward to what her future career has to hold for her, and thanks the teaching staff at Dansarena Studios for all their support through her early years of training.

 

             
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