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    Kerry Bolland
Principal of Dansarena Studios Ltd
RAD RTS, Diploma in Dance (London Studio Centre)

Kerry trained at the Janice Marshall School of Dance and at the age of 9 successfully auditioned for Scottish Ballet’s Junior Associate Scheme. She then became a founder member of the Dance School of Scotland. At the age of 16 she furthered her dance training at London Studio Centre. She continued her classical training with amazing teachers such as Anya Evans (New York City Ballet) Anita Young, Robert Mead and Ronald Emblem (Royal Ballet) where she gained her Diploma in Dance. Kerry has danced professionally including dancing in Shakespears Sisters pop video “You’re History”.

On her return to Scotland she taught dance classes in all genres. She also helped coach some of the British Figure Skaters when they were based at The Centrum Arena, Prestwick. Kerry gained her RAD teaching certificate and has helped hundreds of pupils gain excellent results in their RAD Ballet Examinations. She is also an active member of the Scottish Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) of the Royal Academy of Dance, supporting RAD events and attending regular meetings. Kerry loves to share her wealth of knowledge and her love of dance with all her pupils and hopefully this enables the next generation of dancers to share her passion of dance.

Kerry joined Dansarena in 1995 and after several years of successfully managing the school on behalf of Karen Mitchell she became the Principal of Dansarena Studios Ltd in December 2016.


Ashton McTear

Ashton started training at Dansarena Studios Ayr in 1998 at the age of 2 1/2 years old. Ashton then went on to complete all her RAD ballet examinations from Primary to Advanced level. She also completed both ISTD Modern and Tap exams from Grade 1 to Advanced 2. During this period Ashton was a pupil with both Junior and Senior Scottish Ballet Associates Programme. Taking part in many RAD award days Ashton won the Grade 4/5 Class of the Scottish Junior Awards Day in 2007.

In 2014 Ashton successfully auditioned for various professional Dance and Performing Art colleges in London. Her final Decision was to train at Millennium Performing Arts (MPA) where she was awarded a Dance and Drama Award. During her time at MPA Ashton was lucky enough to work alongside various West End choreographers and Performers in workshops such as Stephen Mear and Jo Morris who choreographed the new Mary Poppins musical and various classical musicals such as Top Hat and 42nd Street.

During Ashtons 1st year at college she was signed to a new contemporary company called ‘Torgan Dance Company’ where she performed in locations like the Royal Academy of Music and the Actors church in Covent Garden.

During Ashtons 3rd year (and shortly afterward graduating) she came home to perform as Dance Captain in the Palace Theatre Kilmarnock in Beauty and the beast and also Dick Whittington where she played understudy roles also. After Graduating Ashton performed alongside SClub7 during summer festivals and various other small productions.

Now that’s Ashton has seen some of the world and the performing industry in London she is very excited to come back to Dansarena Studios where her dream started to share her knowledge with future bright stars

Kathryn Cree

Kathryn started dancing at the age of 5 at Dansarena. Her love for dance led her to audition for Scottish Ballets Junior Associate program where she trained for a year, before successfully auditioning for The Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow where she trained for 6 years. After gaining funded places at Bird College, Millennium, Bodyworks and RAD she decided to continue her training at Bird College in London where she gained her diploma in dance and musical theatre. Kathryn is very passionate about teaching and choreography. She is currently working towards her DDE in ISTD modern.

Kathryn cannot wait to get started at Dansarena Studios and meet all the talented kids along with the already very supportive team of staff they have built.

  Emma Ion

I am super excited to be joining the team at Dansarena Studios. I am an ex-professional dancer turned dance teacher now living in Scotland. I am a trained dancer and Barre fitness instructor from Bristol, South West England. I went to Bodyworks performing arts in Cambridge to complete my 3 year National Diploma in performing arts and I have passed my ISTD Advanced 2 tap and modern. I am trained in many different styles of dance, ballet, tap modern, lyrical, and commercial just to name a few and was part of the ‘Dark Angels’ hip hop team who were crowned the world championship winners at USASF dance worlds back in 2008, who recently appeared on BBC’S ‘The Greatest Dancer’. I performed professionally for 5 years working on cruise ships around America and was most definitely living my dream life.

I can’t wait to be teaching commercial and jazz at the studios

Katie McMillan

Katie’s love for dance started at the young age of 4, where she began training at Dansarena Studios.

In 2014, Katie left Ayr to pursue her Dance training and successfully graduated with an HND in Dance Artists. Katie gained a lot of valuable experience whilst at college working closely with company's such as; Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company and Scottish Ballet. She also had the privilege to be trained in Contemporary by Matthew Hawkins. As well as Contemporary, she has trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Musical Theatre and Singing.

In 2015, Katie and her fellow students entered in the ‘Rambert Elements Challenge’ where they successfully won their heat, and were given the opportunity to go down to London and perform their choreography at the Peacock Theatre.

In 2017, she jetted off to the sunny island of Cyprus where she performed for 3 years as a Singer/Dancer. As well as this, for many years Katie performed as a Principle Dancer in our very own Ayr Gaiety Theatre Christmas Pantomimes.

To be back where it all began, teaching our children and allowing their love for dance to grow, is one of the best feelings for Katie. She is very excited for her future at Dansarena.


  Lesley Wood

Lesley Wood is a Fellow and Examiner of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and as such she is one of the most experienced and respected teachers in the country and particularly enjoys teaching the Diploma in Dance Education to student teachers. Lesley is on the staff of Dance for All in Edinburgh and is Principal of the Dance Factory in Glasgow.

She is a renowned choreographer, working with the BBC, Scottish Television and Scottish Opera. In addition she has choreographed numerous productions, including: Footloose, We Will Rock You, Rent, Our House, Witches of Eastwick, Songs for a New World, Jekyll and Hyde and Children of Eden. Most recently she choreographed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Megan Woods

Megan trained at Dance For All Theatre School, Edinburgh, where she gained experience in a variety of dance styles including modern, tap, jazz, ballet and commercial. This included training in the ISTD syllabus in which she achieved excellent results in both her advanced 1 and advanced 2 modern exams. After graduating in 2017, Megan received places to continue her training at Laine Theatre Arts or Performers College in London, however, due to a variety of reasons she decided to pursue her ISTD DDE teacher training at the Dance Factory, Glasgow, while working towards a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde Business School.

Through her training with Lesley Wood at the Dance Factory, Megan has achieved excellent results in her ISTD modern DDI and DDE exams, advanced 1 tap exam and is now preparing to sit her DDE tap exam in June. Since graduating from Dance For All, Megan has gained experience teaching for different dance schools, nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools throughout Glasgow. She also teaches and assists classes at the Dance Factory.

Megan is very excited to get started teaching the ISTD tap classes for Dansarena and to meet all the students!

  Ainsley Cole

Ainsley joined Dansarena as a pupil in the year 2000 and joined the teaching faculty soon after in 2003. Her love, passion and creativity in dance always shines through especially with the junior pupils. After leaving Dansarena, Ainsley choreographed many shows for local schools before returning to teaching ballet, tap and jazz after the birth of her daughter Isla. Ainsley is absolutely thrilled to be back where it all began for her! Working with a fabulous bunch of teachers and pupils.

Karen Mitchell

Karen is an examiner of the Royal academy of Dance and has examined nationally and internationally for over 30 years. She is also a Standardisation examiner for the RAD.

A former Director of Dansarena Karen maintains her connection with the Studios as a Business / Dance Consultant and mentor.

  Karen Mitchell

  Tara Jackson
Fitness Instructor YMCA - Exercise to Music certificate

Tara teaches the Golden Girls flexibility class for the 60 + on Monday afternoons.
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