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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.

 
 

 
 
Karen Mitchell
Consultant

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
 
 

 
 
  Meghan Reilly
Senior Teacher - B.A (Hons) Theatre Dance

Meghan Reilly is a former pupil of Dansarena Studios, after completing her RAD Graded and Vocational exams she accepted a place at London Studio Centre in 2007. Meghan graduated in 2010 with a B.A. (Hons) degree in Theatre Dance and has performed in a variety of Musical Theatre productions. We were delighted when Meghan accepted the post of Senior Teacher at Dansarena Studios Ltd where she teaches ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and musical theatre classes. Meghan also choreographs our senior students audition pieces.
 
 

 
 
Dawn Edgar Ulivi
LRAD, ARAD, AISTD Grade and Vocational Classes

Dawn trained at The Prestwick School of Dance until Dansarena opened where she continued to train until she gained a place on The Royal Academy's world-renowned Teacher Training Course at the RAD Headquarters in Battersea, London from 1990-1993.

She gained her RAD Advanced Ballet Examination and passed all her teaching qualifications to be granted a prestiges Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Dance. On her graduation day, she was awarded a prize for her 'Generosity of Spirit' and hopes to this day she is still sharing this with all her colleagues and students.

Dawn has taught for Dansarena and all the branch schools since her graduation. She is currently a partner in The Dumfries School of Dance and teaches at the Prestwick Branch.

Dawn has a passion for Dance, she feels honoured to do a job she absolutely loves and takes great pride in all her students' progress. She really isn't any happier than while she is in the dance studio with her students and loves the fact she learns from them every day too.

Dawn also feels humbled to be part of the Dansarena staff working alongside likeminded colleagues who over the years have become like a second family.

It really is a wonderful and safe learning environment for children of all ages!
 
 
 

 
 
  Katie Wiseman
YMCA Exercise to Music Certificate

Katie has been teaching dance for over 20 years, she started with a fitness background gaining her YMCA fitness qualification and also holds a Zumba instructor license.

Katie teaches all the preschool children Ballet on a Saturday morning and Jazz on a Saturday afternoon. Katie introduced the new “Melody Movement” and Twinkle Steps classes at Dansarena Studios Ltd.

Katie enjoys teaching ballet, jazz and tap for Dansarena, she especially loves watching the children grow in confidence and ability. Katie is instrumental in organising and delivering Workshops over the holiday periods, Katie’s Summer workshop Moana was a huge success.
In addition, Katie instructs an Adult Fit Steps class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Studio

 

Tara Jackson
Fitness Instructor YMCA - Exercise to Music certificate

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

  Sande Dempster

Sande is a former Dansarena Studios pupil who went on to further her training at Laine Theatre Arts. Sande has had an amazing career as a professional dancer and is still working as a choreographer etc to the stars. We are all very excited to be working alongside Sande.

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.
 

  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.
 

  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!
 
             
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