Megan Christie BA(Hons.) LRAD ARAD RADRTS
Megan trained with Scottish Ballet Junior Associates and then full-time at the Dance School of Scotland from the age of eleven. At fifteen she participated in an international exchange trip, training at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia.
Megan continued her studies on the BA Honours Ballet Education and Licentiate Programmes at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. The Licentiate Programme provides degree students with the highest knowledge and understanding of RAD syllabi and its use in teaching. It was on this course that Megan developed critical appreciation of current issues in ballet education and training. Megan was awarded the Iris Truscott Scholarship for the Licentiate Course at RAD, which acknowledged her dedication for continuing professional development throughout her studies at the Academy.
Whilst in training, Megan worked as a teaching assistant and cover teacher at the RAD Dance School at it's London Headquarters. She then returned to Scotland to establish a portfolio of weekly ballet classes for young people and adults at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which she delivered and administrated.
In September 2013 Megan moved to Ireland to take up a teaching post with the Goode School of Dance, Coastal Ballet and Aisling Doherty School of Ballet. Shortly after she was approached by Stephanie Murphy and asked to take over as principal at Wicklow School of Dance.
Alongside the management and teaching at Wicklow School of Dance, Megan is on the faculty for the Scottish Ballet Junior Associate Programme. This involves teaching ballet, conditioning, pointe work and repertoire to talented students selected from across the UK and Ireland. Megan has recently been involved with developing a scheme of work and assessment classes for the programme.
Megan also delivers workshops and masterclasses for various schools across Ireland, and enjoys mentoring trainee teachers on the RAD Certificate In Ballet Teaching course.
Rebecca Lang BA(Hons.) RADRTS
Ballet & Jazz Teacher
Beckie trained at Jane Goulding School of Dance (Edinburgh) before starting full-time training at the Dance School of Scotland. Like Megan, in 2005 Beckie was one of two lucky 6th year students chosen to participate in a dance exchange programme with Melbourne's 'Victoria College of the Arts Secondary School' in Australia.
Upon leaving the Dance School of Scotland, Beckie continued her training at London's Bird College, graduating in 2009 with a 1st Class BA (Hons.) Degree in Dance & Theatre Performance.
Throughout her 3 years at college Beckie was fortunate enough to be selected to work with contemporary choreographer Anh Ngoc Nguyen (Wayne McGregor | Random Dance Company) on 3 brand new pieces, with commercial choreographer and dance agent David Leighton representing Capezio dance clothing at international dance convention 'Move It!', and with the creators of the ISTD Advanced 2 Modern Dance syllabus (Katie More, Sue Brice, Nikki O'Hara) where she demonstrated the syllabus at its premiere in London.
Immediately upon graduating from Bird College, Beckie began working as a dancer on cruise ships. In April 2018, she concluded her 10th contract with Afro Arimba Production Company where she started as a Dancer and progressed to Adage Soloist, Dance Captain, and finally Production Manager; where as well as performing in all shows, her role involved full responsibility for all the dancers, singers, acrobats and musicians on board, organising her team's day to day rehearsal and performance schedule, maintaing the quality of all production shows, and liaising with the head offices in Italy and South Africa.
Beckie began her teaching journey between performing contracts under the guidance and mentorship of her first ballet teacher Jane Goulding. Beckie has taught tap, modern, jazz, commercial, musical theatre, and classical ballet where she has put many students through various levels of RAD syllabus examinations.
Beckie is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies programme, and also teaches at Dublin Dance School. Most recently Beckie was a dancer for Disney's Disenchanted movie.
Aisling O Kiersey RADRTS
Aisling trained with the Dublin Youth Dance Company before beginning full-time training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance where she was selected as a member of the schools flagship performance company ‘Flyzone’.
She is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and completed the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies.
During and since her training she has been involved with many creative, educational and performance projects including projects with NHS Tayside, Thomas Small of Shaper Caper, Liz Roache Company, ‘Symbols’ European screendance project, and performances at the Dublin Fringe Festival.
Aisling has taught ballet for Primaballet and also teaches at Dubin Dance School. She also teaches contemporary and creative movement classes for children and has worked with Scottish Dance Theatre’s educational department in both children's and inclusive dance practice.
Ellen Downey BCL(Hons)
A graduate of London Studio Centre, Lindsay gained her BA Hons in professional dance in 2006 and went on to dance for the Cork City Ballet and Chrysalis Dance Company. She later became an RAD, ISTD & Pilates qualified teacher. Lindsay has taught at Creative Academy as a teacher and lecturer, The University of West London, Sussex Youth Ballet Company, London Children's Ballet, London Studio Centre, Shawbrook Dance, Dance Ireland, The College of Dance and more. Lindsay was appointed Artistic Director of The Irish National Youth Ballet Company in 2019.
Ellen trained in Dublin in the Debbie Allen School of Dance. Here, she trained in Ballet and Modern, completing Advanced 2 RAD Ballet and Advanced 2 ISTD Modern.
During her training, Ellen danced with the Irish National Youth Ballet and Monica Loughman Elite Ballet Company and while studying in UCD, she performed with the Jazz and Contemporary Dance team. Here, she was choreography manager for two years, choreographing and performing for events such as Electric Picnic, All Ireland Dance Experiment and Perform Ireland, as well as winning awards in the all-Ireland Intervarsity’s.
Ellen teaches ballet and modern with Debbie Allen School of Dance, Leotards and Monologues and Dancesteps. She also works in secondary schools, teaching dance as part of the Physical Education Curriculum, as well as choreographing for musicals. She is currently studying with the Royal Academy of Dance, and will complete the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2022.