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Rachel Young

Principal, Head of Dance

Rachel has teaching qualifications from International Dance Teacher’s Association, British Association of Teachers of Dancing and has Fellowship status (the highest category of teacher certification) and American Ballet Theatre.

Johnathan Tweedie

Patron

Johnathan has been working in the professional performing arts industry for over 2 decades. Consequently he has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge and experience in all areas of theatre from technical departments, performance and show maintenance to show creation as both choreographer and director. He brings this experience and knowledge, both practical and theoretical, to his students in his unique teaching style that focusses on positive reinforcement of self-belief and rigorous physical training to create a disciplined and highly skilled musical theatre performer.

As a dancer, dance captain and assistant choreographer, Johnathan has performed in over 50 countries to well over 10 million people in some of the world’s top dance shows including Gaelforce Dance, Riverdance, Irish Dance Masters, Rhythm of the Dance, Ragus, Spirit of Ireland, Broadway! and Dance of Desire. After an extensive and successful career as a dancer, Johnathan returned to musical theatre and after studying on GSA's first master's degree course, received his MA in musical theatre with honours.

Johnathan has recently started rehearsals for the final West End cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He will be playing Mr. Teevee as well as 1st cover Mr. Salt, Jerry and 2nd cover Grandpa George.

UK & touring credits include: City of Angels (Stone), The Boyfriend (Tony), A Slice Of Life (Dennis), When Midnight Strikes (Christopher West), On Eagle's Wing (1st cover Andrew & Samuel), Sonamar: Passion (Guest Artist), Evita UK tour (Dance Captain, Peron), It's a Wonderful Life (Harry Bailey), Annie international tour (Dance captain & Resident director, 1st cover Rooster & Bert Healy), Disco Inferno UK Tour (Tom), Sweet Charity (Vittorio Vidal & Oscar) for the English Theatre Frankfurt. American credits: The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), Lend Me A Tenor (Bellhop) and Mame(Uncle Jeff & Gregor). Johnathan most recently appeared as Pontius Pilate in the hugely successful UK & European tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

TV & Film Credits: Ietermago (Kyknet South Africa), Cinematic commercial Boy Meets Girl for the iPod Nano, Nit d'Exits (TV4 Spain), All Star Mr & Mrs (ITV UK) Tarzan 3D (Constantin Films) and Muppets Most Wanted (Disney)

Johnathan has choreographed several pantomimes and musicals in the UK as well as choreography to an original score for two versions of Celtic Journey which were produced at the Churchill and Marlowe theatres. This show included, Irish, Tap, African Contemporary, Bollywood, Flamenco and Highland styles. This led him to choreograph the Act 1 finale of Stephen Gately’s Memorial concert at the Palace Theatre, West End. He has recently been taken on board as new rock band Mayhem’s choreographer. In addition to choreography, Johnathan has worked as resident director on several productions and the privilege of working as assistant director on The Sonnet Walks at The Globe Theatre in London. Most recently Johnathan directed and choreograhed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying which received a 'Best Lead Female' nominationand for MTI, A Muscial Theatre Christmas and On My Way.

Johnathan holds a Diploma in Directing from AFDA, BA in English, MA Hons in Musical Theatre from GSA as well as his LTCL in drama education from Trinity. He has worked in some of the UK's top drama colleges including GSA, The Centre PAC, Urdang, LIPA and Scene ii.

Rachel Young

Principal, Head of Dance

Rachel has teaching qualifications from International Dance Teacher’s Association, British Association of Teachers of Dancing and has Fellowship status (the highest category of teacher certification) and American Ballet Theatre.

She is qualified in Stage dance (Tap / Modern /Jazz), Ballet, Highland. She is a certified Pre-Primary to Level 3 teacher with American Ballet Theatre after studying in New York in 2013. In 2009 Rachel qualified as a Level 2 (and part Level 3 qualified) Acrobatic Gymnastics coach and a Level 2 Pre-School gymnastics coach with British Gymnastics and is a member of Scottish Gymnastics.

Rachel has an ATCL diploma with Trinity College in Musical Theatre performance and an LTCL Diploma in teaching Musical Theatre.

Rachel is also a Sports Leader/Dance Leaders UK Tutor and has a Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology.

Although Rachel teaches nowadays, Rachel’s first professional performing job was at the age of 10 years old when she travelled the West Coast of Australia singing and performing in shortened musical productions and seasonal shows. Since moving back to Scotland in 1995 Rachel continued her dance training at the Edith Duncan MBE school of Dance taking part in Scholarship auditions, Competitions and Shows at HMT Aberdeen.

In 2005 at the same time as graduating from Aberdeen University with an Honours degree in Law, Rachel set up Aberdeen Academy of Performing Arts and is the Principal and Owner/Director of Mac the Monkey Ltd.

In 2016 Rachel devised and produced the now annual, Dance Compete Achieve Competition in Aberdeen. Students from across the UK are welcome to take part in the competition. They can perform for specialist judges in all genres of dance, vocal and musical theatre. The calibre of judge is very high and student’s love performing and taking part so that they can receive invaluable feedback on their performances.

Not only has Rachel set up Dance Compete Achieve, has also been involved in helping companies set up Performing Arts and Gymnastics competitions in Scotland and Internationally and has judged internationally. Most recently Rachel gained her Sports Acrobatic Judging qualification with British Gymnastics. She heads up the part time performing arts school at AAPA which has approximately 350 students. Rachel over sees and coordinates all AAPA exam entries, competition routines and trips, shows and is hands on in classes teaching over 70 classes a week. Rachel teaches on the full time HND course in Musical Theatre, Professional Dance and Acting and Performance. Rachel’s specialism on the full time courses is in the dance Units.

Steph Ross

Sali Kindley

Acting ⁄ Anatomy ⁄ Voice Production ⁄ Performance

Sali has a first class BA (hons) in drama from the University of Sunderland where she studied performing, acting for tv, Shakespeare, directing and devising. She has a HND in Performing Arts from Liverpool Community College where she studied amongst others physical theatre, acting, and voice production.

Sali also has an HND in musical theatre. While studying for her HND Sali also gained her Trinity College of London ATCL in musical theatre and her grade 8 in musical theatre with London College of Music.

After her graduation from The University of Sunderland Sali spent 7 years as a performing actress in children’s theatre and pantomimes as well as part of an entertainment team for Thomson Holidays.

Sali is a member of Scottish Gymnastics and qualified Acrobatic Gymnastics teacher through Acrobatic Arts.

Rebecca Davies

Patron

REBECCA DAVIES is constantly in high demand world-wide for her life-changing seminars which transform dancers’ techniques in a matter of minutes. Her seminars focus on conditioning for dancers. She is passionate about helping young dancers to look after their physiques and find their strengths and limitations at an early age to improve and enhance them.

She believes that class and training should always be fun, setting up a lifelong enjoyment for fitness, and does this by mixing her high intensity strength and flexibility exercises with humour and fun. Students leave her class feeling inspired, confident and armed with the tools to learn about their dancer's body and accelerate their journey to being the best dancer they can be.

Dancers trained under Rebecca can be seen currently in every major musical playing in Australia including Wicked, Legally Blonde, West Side Story and Dirty Dancing the musical. Her students have also been featured in the Australia dance classic movie Razzle Dazzle, TV series Dance Academy, ABC TV as warm up entertainment and have worked in productions with Opera Australia and are company members with The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada as well as countless stage and television appearances.

Rebecca Davies’ “RADAR SEMINARS” have visited every major city in Australia, New Zealand, USA in 14 different cities, Canada and the United Kingdom. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching degree with the University of Sydney.

Jennifer Mckinnon Magee

Head of Acting & Performance

Jennifer is an American born professional director, actress, and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, USA. She attended Sam Houston State University and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts with an acting and directing emphasis. As well as teaching Theatre and Acting to College aged students, Jennifer has also taught Drama to Primary and Secondary Students in public and private schools, both in the United Kingdom and the United States.

David McMullan, BA Hons Popular Music, ALCM(TD), DipALCM(TD)

Musical Director

Upon leaving school, David trained with Stuart Brand at Dundee College and on completion of the HNC music course ventured north to Aberdeen where he studied for his HND. Whist in Aberdeen, David established That’s Showbiz Productions as part of his course and has since then produced several shows in Aberdeen including the North East Premier of "Flashdance, The Musical" and the forthcoming production of " Priscilla, Queen of the Desert".

David progressed onto the link course in teaching with the London College of Music gaining his Associate in musical theatre vocal teaching.

David completed his Honours Degree in popular music at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

David’s vocal studies took him to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied the Estill Vocal Method under the guidance of Anne-Marie Speed, Paul Farrington and Dame Kiereen Lock.

David was the original Musical Director and Orchestrator for Ushers: The Front of House Musical during his time studying in London.

Recently David was asked to put on a concert for the UK Inner Wheel Association at Glasgow's SECC which played for an audience of over 4,000 members.

David is about to undertake his second year as Musical Director for the Professional Pantomime at the Webster Theatre in Arbroath

Anthony Whiteman

Patron

Anthony trained as a full scholarship student at Masters Performing Arts College, where he gained an Honours Diploma in Musical Theatre/ Dance, under the personal direction of Wendy Headford, obtaining his A.I.S.T.D in modern and tap dancing (HONS) and his Associate LAMDA (HONS).

Choreographic in development : 'That Man' - Hippodrome Casino (September 2017), 'Cinderella' - Hayes Theatre (December 2016 / January 2017), Legally Blonde - Uni of Chi (Jan 2017).

Choreographic includes: 'Debut' - Electric Theatre, 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice' - Union, 'Dance Overture 2016' - New Wimbledon, 'Danny Hero' - Workshop, 'Jason and the Argonauts' - Bridewell, 'The Wizard of Oz' - European Tour, 'Legally Blonde' - Gatehouse (NOM Best Choreographer Off West End Awards), 'Something Old, Something New' - Bernie Grants (Review), The White Feather’ - Union, ‘Side By Side By Sondheim’ - Jack Studio Theatre, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ - Rose and Crown (NOM Best Choreographer Off West End Awards & Best Choreography Broadway World Awards), ‘In The Dead of Night’ - Landor (NOM Best Choreographer Off West End Awards), ‘Spring Awakening’ - Studio Theatre Ealing, ‘Dance Overtures 2015’ - New Wimbledon, ‘Bel Ami’ World premier - Charing Cross, ‘Ordinary Days’ - Studio Theatre Ealing, ‘Dance Overtures 2014’ - New Wimbledon.

As Assistant/ Associate Choreographer: 'Grey Gardens' - Southwark Playhouse, ‘Grand Hotel’ - Southwark Playhouse, ‘The Producers’ - UK Tour, ‘Ghost’ - Frankfurt English Speaking, ‘Carousel’ - Arcola, ‘Hairspray’ - Curve Leicester, ‘Olympia’ - Workshop, ‘The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes’ - Hoxton Music Hall,‘Quasimodo’ - Kings Head Theatre,‘Mary Poppins’ - Reykjavik City Theatre,‘Boy Meets Boy’ - Jermyn Street Theatre, ‘Victor Victoria’ - Southwark Playhouse, ‘Mack and Mabel’ - Southwark Playhouse, ‘Respect La Diva’ - Workshop, ‘The Boy Friend’ - Her Majesties, ‘Ludd and Isis’ Royal Opera House Production Park, ‘High Society’ - Gatehouse.

Anthony enjoyed a successful performer with a varied career in the West End and international touring theatre spanning some 14 years before becoming a professional choreographer. Shows as a performer include Ensemble understudy Ezekiel Foster in ‘White Christmas’, Ensemble understudy Tin Man and Uncle Henry in ‘ Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz’, Featured Ensemble in 'Top Hat' understudying Bates and MC, Children's Dance Captain/ Ensemble in ‘Billy Elliot’, Resident Choreographer/ Swing in ’Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, Assistant Dance Captain/ Swing in Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘My Fair Lady’, Swing/ Skimbleshanks in‘Cats’ Anthony is also a dance educator and lecturer having taught at many colleges in the UK including London Studio Centre, Bird College, Guildford School of Acting, Tiffany Theatre College, Collins Performing Arts, Scene II Performing Arts and London College of Music. Anthony has also freelanced as a tap coach for Billy Elliot the Musical and is currently the choreographic mentor on the Perfect Pitch production 'Danny Hero'. Anthony has held seats as a judge at many dance events and competitions including Europe and South Africa and was invited to adjudicate for the prestigious ISTD "All Star Tap Awards". He is also an advisor to the Dance World Cup organisation and was the Creative Director on the 2016 World finals.

Johnathan Tweedie (MA, BA Hons, LTCL)

Patron

Johnathan has been working in the professional performing arts industry for over 2 decades. Consequently he has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge and experience in all areas of theatre from technical departments, performance and show maintenance to show creation as both choreographer and director. He brings this experience and knowledge, both practical and theoretical, to his students in his unique teaching style that focusses on positive reinforcement of self-belief and rigorous physical training to create a disciplined and highly skilled musical theatre performer.

As a dancer, dance captain and assistant choreographer, Johnathan has performed in over 50 countries to well over 10 million people in some of the world’s top dance shows including Gaelforce Dance, Riverdance, Irish Dance Masters, Rhythm of the Dance, Ragus, Spirit of Ireland, Broadway! and Dance of Desire. After an extensive and successful career as a dancer, Johnathan returned to musical theatre and after studying on GSA's first master's degree course, received his MA in musical theatre with honours.

Johnathan has recently started rehearsals for the final West End cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He will be playing Mr. Teevee as well as 1st cover Mr. Salt, Jerry and 2nd cover Grandpa George.

UK & touring credits include: City of Angels (Stone), The Boyfriend (Tony), A Slice Of Life (Dennis), When Midnight Strikes (Christopher West), On Eagle's Wing (1st cover Andrew & Samuel), Sonamar: Passion (Guest Artist), Evita UK tour (Dance Captain, Peron), It's a Wonderful Life (Harry Bailey), Annie international tour (Dance captain & Resident director, 1st cover Rooster & Bert Healy), Disco Inferno UK Tour (Tom), Sweet Charity (Vittorio Vidal & Oscar) for the English Theatre Frankfurt. American credits: The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), Lend Me A Tenor (Bellhop) and Mame(Uncle Jeff & Gregor). Johnathan most recently appeared as Pontius Pilate in the hugely successful UK & European tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

TV & Film Credits: Ietermago (Kyknet South Africa), Cinematic commercial Boy Meets Girl for the iPod Nano, Nit d'Exits (TV4 Spain), All Star Mr & Mrs (ITV UK) Tarzan 3D (Constantin Films) and Muppets Most Wanted (Disney).

Johnathan has choreographed several pantomimes and musicals in the UK as well as choreography to an original score for two versions of Celtic Journey which were produced at the Churchill and Marlowe theatres. This show included, Irish, Tap, African Contemporary, Bollywood, Flamenco and Highland styles. This led him to choreograph the Act 1 finale of Stephen Gately’s Memorial concert at the Palace Theatre, West End. He has recently been taken on board as new rock band Mayhem’s choreographer. In addition to choreography, Johnathan has worked as resident director on several productions and the privilege of working as assistant director on The Sonnet Walks at The Globe Theatre in London. Most recently Johnathan directed and choreograhed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying which received a 'Best Lead Female' nominationand for MTI, A Muscial Theatre Christmas and On My Way.

Johnathan holds a Diploma in Directing from AFDA, BA in English, MA Hons in Musical Theatre from GSA as well as his LTCL in drama education from Trinity. He has worked in some of the UK's top drama colleges including GSA, The Centre PAC, Urdang, LIPA and Scene ii.

Ross Campbell (Prof. RAM, ARCM, Dip(RCM)perf)

Patron & Course Consultant

Ross is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London and completed his studies on a scholarship to the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He won several awards whilst at the RCM and went on to sing in opera, oratorio and as a concert artist throughout the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and South East Asia. He was also invited to create a number of roles in world premieres, particularly the Role of Saul/Paul in The Promise at London’s Southbank Centre in 1997.

Ross was a founder member of The Kensington Consort and had a long association with the BBC, regularly singing on live radio broadcasts. He has recorded for Radio France as well as BBC TV.

He is currently Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, a post he has held for 18 years, and was Head of Singing and Music at Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey until December 2011. Ross has students appearing in all West End Musicals and UK and International Tours on a continuous basis.Whilst at GSA/University of Surrey, Ross created the internationally recognised MA degree course in the Practice of Voice & Singing (MA POVAS), and founded, built and launched the GSA Musical Theatre Examinations Syllabus in 2010, becoming the Director and Chief Examiner.

He was appointed to the ABRSM Panel of Mentors in 2001, and also the QAA Panel of Specialist Reviewers for Higher Education in 2003. He is regularly invited to assess at other Higher Education establishments in the UK, is invited to lecture on singing to both teachers and musicians throughout the UK, and has combined lecturing and performing on Seminars and Conferences in Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo and Malta.

Ross was invited to speak at the ‘Music Education Forum’ in Beijing in December 2010 and went on to launch a new Syllabus of Exams in Hong Kong and Macau at the same time, with accompanying masterclasses and workshops for both students and teachers. He was subsequently invited to deliver another paper to the same forum in December 2011 entitled “With One Voice - The Classical Sound & Musical Theatre Singing”, and with accompanying workshops and masterclasses for Teachers. Ross was commissioned by ABRSM to produce five anthologies of songs which serve Grades 1 to 5, for which he received the prestigious MIA award for ‘Best Classical Publication 2009’. A further commission to produce a book on all aspects of singing is to be published in late 2016. He also has extensive experience in designing courses, and producing documentation at Foundation, BA and MA degree levels.

His reputation and passion in sharing his own experience and research in professionally developing singing teachers and performers in musical theatre and commercial styles, often from classical backgrounds, has taken him to Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, USA, Malta, Oslo, Zurich, Krakow, Dublin, Cork, Belfast and numerous cities throughout the UK.

Ross created Musical Theatre Ireland (MTI) in 2012 based in Cork, which offers specialist Musical Theatre training in singing, dance, acting and voice. Ross was invited to become a Consultant to Musical Theatre Poland (MTP) in 2013 which is based in Krakow. He travels to Poland regularly to conduct specialist singing training, workshops and masterclasses for MTP.

There are further invitations for 2016 to lead Masterclasses & Workshops in New York, Hong Kong, Sweden and Turkey.

Graeme Henderson

Patron

Graeme began his career at 16 years old playing ‘Taplow’ in The Browning Version opposite Alec McCowan and Geraldine McEwan at the National Theatre and was in the original David Merrick version of 42nd St at Drury Lane in 1984 as an ensemble member and later went on to play the leading role of ‘Billy Lawlor’ opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones. He is delighted to be returning to Drury Lane playing ‘Andy Lee’ for the revival of ‘42nd St’ which opens in March 2017.

This Christmas he will be playing ‘Professor Crackpot’ in ‘Beauty and The Beast’ at the Marina Theatre Lowestoft. Last Christmas he played ‘Gentleman Starkey’ in ‘Peter Pan’ at Poole Lighthouse Theatre (Christmas 2015) and has also been performing his double-act ‘Punch ‘N Him’ for Warner Hotels. His last panto before that was at the Theatre Royal Norwich as ‘Ugly Sister’ in ‘Cinderella’.

He has also been the tapping ‘feet’ of Ricky Gervais in the ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ movie (2013) and played ‘Andy Lee’ in the smash-hit UK tour of ‘42nd St’ which he also choreographed and re-staged in 2012.

In 2009 Graeme played ‘Cosmo Brown’ in ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ for UK Productions opposite Tim Flavin – and also choreographed!

In 2007 he played the role of ‘Andy Lee’ in the first acclaimed UK Productions national tour of ‘42nd St’ with Paul Nicholas, Dave Willetts ,Tim Flavin and Stephen McGann.

His work includes National Theatre, West End, Repertory, television and film. An experienced actor and musical comedy performer, in 1987 he played ‘Cis Farringdon’ opposite Nigel Hawthorne in The Magistrate –directed by Michael Rudman - and in 1997 ‘The Headmaster’ in the hit children’s musical ‘The Red Balloon’ – directed by Anthony Clark - at the Olivier Theatre. Other acting roles include ‘PC Collins’ in Neil Simon’s ‘Rumours’(Chichester), ‘Bennet’ in ‘Another Country’(Leeds Playhouse), ‘Bill Calhoun’ in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ at Regent’s Park, ‘George Pepper’ in ‘Red Peppers’(Perth),’Kenny’ in ‘Flora The Red Menace’ (Orange Tree) and ‘Tony’ in ‘The Rink’ (Orange Tree) ‘Angel Clare’ in ‘Tess of the D’Urbevilles’(West Yorkshire Playhouse), ‘Claudio’ in ‘Much Ado About Nothing ’(Wolsey Ipswich) ‘Jerry’ in ‘Zoo Story(’Wolsey Ipswich), ‘Byron Turkey’ in ‘Fat Pig’ (Leicester Haymarket), ‘Flute’ in ‘The Dream’ (Sheffield Crucible).

He has played Ugly Sister and several panto and light opera roles for Opera Della Luna including ‘Negus’ in ‘The Merry Widow’ and a world cruise on the QE2 and Royal Viking Sun.

In 1992 Graeme played the role of ‘Simon Wishart’ in a one-man show ‘A Drop of Fred’ at the Edinburgh Festival which he co-wrote with Robert Butler and for which they received The Independent Theatre Award and a Daily Express award. The show was also commissioned for screen by Granada Television.

In 2000 he returned to the Edinburgh Festival with ‘Tapestry’ with his second one-man show which he performed and co-wrote with Andrew Blackie and which was produced by Artisanda Productions ltd.

Television work includes: ‘Baa Baa Blacksheep’ (BBC), ‘WSH’ (Channel 4), ‘Ashenden – The Spy’ (BBC), ‘Pie In The Sky’ (ITV), 1984 Royal Variety Performance, Night of 100 Stars, the Laurence Olivier Awards, Blue Peter and An Audience with Harry Hill.

In 2006 he appeared in the smash-hit British comedy feature film ‘Confetti’ with Alison Steadman and Martin Freeman. And in 2008 assisted Jenny Arnold on the follow-up ‘Nativity’.

Graeme now divides his time through his company GHTAP LTD between performing, choreography and tap and musical theatre workshops (www.ghtap.com) and is a regular lecturer for the IDTA, NCTDA, BATD, ADA and IDTC and holds two Carl Alan awards for his contribution to dance.

Rhianne Reid

Singing and Production Musical Director

Rhianne studied HNC and HND Music at NESCol where she also completed her London College of Music Teaching Diploma (specialising in Musical Theatre). During her time at college she set up her own singing school, Treble R Vocal Tuition. Rhianne mostly prepares students for competitions, music festivals, Trinity, Rock School and LCM pop and musical theatre exams. Rhianne has taught all around Aberdeen working in private schools, drama and performing arts centres and back at NEScol as a lecturer where she began her training. When Rhianne isn't teaching she works as a professional singer at events all around Scotland.

Kirsty Robertson

Head of Singing

Kirsty Robertson graduated with a BEd (Hons) in Music in 2003 where she was taught piano and voice by Bob Howie and Jean Webster, respectively. During her thirteen years of teaching she has taught music to pupils of all ages – from 3 to 18 and so has valuable knowledge and experience of music education in schools. After ten years teaching at Bucksburn Academy where she ran very successful extra-curricular Steel Pan groups Kirsty became Faculty Head of Expressive Arts at Portlethen Academy in 2014.

As a student at Northern College of Education and Aberdeen University, Kirsty performed in the theatre pit for many productions by The Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Treading the Boards and In-House Productions. She also taught strings at Aberdeenshire Music Centre (south) for two years and conducted The Learig Orchestra. Upon graduating, Kirsty was selected to teach composition at Austin Chamber Music Centre in Texas for a summer and won a postgraduate scholarship to study Composition at Aberdeen University.

Kirsty’s first experience of being Musical Director was with Aberdeen Academy of Performing Arts in 2009 for The Wizard of Oz. She has since been involved with Our House (2010) and was MD for Peter Pan (June 2011), Seussical the Musical MD (June 2012) and Cats MD (June 2013). For Harlequin Productions - Spring Awakening (2011), Rent (2011); MD for Edges (2011);

Kirsty has been teaching Musical Theatre singing classes at AAPA for four years now and since the approval of SQA status at AAPA, she has been teaching on the HNC and HND Musical Theatre course whilst herself working towards her LTCL in Musical Theatre teaching.

Kirsty also started working with Aberdeen Opera Company as rehearsal pianist in 2012 (Drowsy Chaperone), assistant MD 2013 (Some Enchanted Evening), MD for Brit Pop-era Summer show 2013 and is to be MD for their 2014 Summer Show. At the same time as her work for AOC, she was rehearsal pianist for BUZZ Musical Theatre Company in Inverurie for their 2012 production of Sound of Music and then went on to MD their 2013 production of A Christmas Carol.

More recently, Kirsty has developed the Skills for Singing Unit for the HNC/HND Musical Theatre course at AAPA working in partnership with Ross Campbell from Royal Academy Music, London.

Emma Hunter

Personal Trainer /Ballet /Body Conditioning

Emma began her dance training with Anne Forsyth at the Aberdeen Academy of Dance where she was given the opportunity to perform at His Majesty’s Theatre in various Christmas pantomimes and with Scottish Ballet as Clara in The Nutcracker and Wendy’s daughter in Peter Pan. In 1995, Emma was part of a group of students from the Aberdeen Academy of Dance who travelled to perform with the Saiga Ballet in Japan.

Continuing her training at Ballet West, Emma completed Royal Academy of Dance examinations to Advanced level and competed in competitions such as the Molly Lake Award, where she was a semi-finalist and the prestigious Prix de Lausanne.

Emma performed and toured with the Ballet West Company in classic productions such as ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as well as in new pieces ‘Scottish Symphony’, Dance ‘Gershwin’, ‘Celebration’ and ‘Anything Goes’. She also performed as a guest artist with The Manx Ballet Company in their production of ‘La Boutique Fantasque’.

Emma trained as a fitness instructor allowing her to teach a variety of fitness classes and holds an HND in Health, Fitness and Exercise. Emma currently works as a freelance dance tutor and fitness instructor in Aberdeen

Stephanie Ross

Contemporary & Choreography

Originally from Inverurie, Steph pursued her professional training in Contemporary Dance at some of the top conservatoires in the UK. Training at both London Contemporary Dance School for her BA(Hons) and Northern School of Contemporary Dance for her PG Diploma, she has gained a wealth of knowledge and skills from the vocational training she has received. Steph has been fortunate to work alongside some highly passionate choreographers including: Lea Anderson, Richard Alston, Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard, Jamaal Burkmar and Dam Van Huynh. Being given the opportunity to work with such skilled choreographers has furthered Steph’s skill set as a teacher, student and performer. Performing as a company dancer with Verve allowed her the opportunity to tour throughout the UK and dates in Europe performing in some wonderful theatres and building networks with other companies based throughout the country. Having always had a passion for teaching, and sharing her knowledge with students, Steph decided to bring her career path into the teaching side of contemporary dance. Being a freelance dance artist allows for freedom to develop connections and networks that not only allow her to challenge herself as a teacher but to also continue to expand her own professional development as a professional dance artist. Steph has also now gone into Choreography, Choreographing in Musicals for Harlequin productions and Contemporary dance for various events and competitions.

Mark Cameron

Commercial Jazz

Mark Cameron was born and raised in the North East of Scotland, where his passion for performing and dance began. Started his training at the Edinburgh’s Telford College, Mark then continued on to London Studio Centre to finish his dance training.

He has performed all over the world from Paris, Tokyo, Florida, Australia, Europe and the UK. He recently was seen on HMT stage as part of QDOS Pantomines as one of the dancers and cover Captain Hook and has been part of the Qdos family for over 4 years now. He was able to play the role of Prince Charming last year in Cinderella . He is currently working on projects for NTS, Make a wish, Trent Magazine and many other corporate and professional events. At this moment in time Mark is teaching jazz, Musical theatre, singing, contemporary for both youths and adults at Deeside dance centre, the Aberdeen academy of dance, Scottish youth theatre and a few theatre groups around Scotland.

He started his professional career working for Disneyland Paris in the world premier of Animagique. He also was a dancer/aerialist in Tarzan, Encore and The Lion King in Tokyo Disney and Florida. Mark has danced around the world with cruise lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Transocean Tours, Princess Cruises and P∓O Australia as a dancer/dancer singer and dance captain. He worked with Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas, Michael Curry in Paris, William Forsyth in Australia and was Dance Captain on the “Best of the Musicals” Germany Tour.

Mark has choreographed for many Scottish and UK companies. He has recently just set up his own corporate entertainment company called "Mark Cameron Dance" which is doing well and has choreographed and produced many events in the past year. His company also provides first dance and hen party events. He has worked as a dance tutor/choreographer for Scottish Youth Theatre in Aberdeen and Glasgow and also Stagecoach UK. He has choreographed many corporate events in the UK and Europe such as mary queen of scots, Hamlet, Chevron Oil, Barclays Bank, Bacardi, trend magazine, BG group, Hannah Mileys Farewell and many more. He recently started up his own company specialising in dance classes and entertainment for corporate events and his work and company can be found at www.markcamerondance.com

TV and film work include Braveheart, Vodafone, Corona, Bacardi, D2 Clothing, Asda, Barclays Bank and a few music videos. Mark teaches various styles of dance from musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballroom and many more at various locations in and around Scotland and the U.K.

Alli Coyne

Patron

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