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.
Megan worked for two years for the RAD Dance School at its London Headquarters. After this she 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.
Alongside the management at teaching at Wicklow School of Dance, Megan also delivers workshops and masterclasses for other schools in Ireland. She also teaches monthly for the Scottish Ballet Junior Associate Programme.
Rebecca Lang BA(Hons.)
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 five 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.
She has successfully completed 1st year of the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, and is looking forward to completing 2nd year and graduating soon.
Karen was professionally trained in Classical Ballet at Elmhurst Ballet School in Surrey near London. She graduated with a National Diploma in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She is a fully qualified and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing examinations boards.
Her professional theatre credits include; Dirty Dancing, Aldwych Theatre, (Penny, Vivian and Mrs. Shumacher), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, UK Tour, Disney’s Beauty and Beast, UK Tour, HelloDolly! Theatre Royal, Lincoln, Cats, German and Swiss Tour, (Victoria-White Cat), New EnglishContemporary Ballet (Soloist), Cats, UK Tour (Cassandra, Victoria and Tantomile).
Karen has previously taught at Dennard Theatre Arts, London, Showstoppers Stage School in Portarlington, KidKast Theatre School, Drogheda and Donna Whitten Dance School, Portadown and has taught at summer schools and workshops at Shawbrook, Longford and Wallasey School of Ballet, Liverpool. Karen runs her theatre school Leotards and Monologues with husband Chris Holland.
Lisa has extensive training in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance and Contemporary dance techniques having studied classical ballet in Killester School of Ballet and Modern Dance to (RAD) Advanced 2 level. She studied ISTD Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance in Castleknock School of Dance and attained all Graded and Vocational Graded examinations to Advanced level. Lisa completed her full teaching qualifications in RAD Classical Ballet and ISTD Modern Theatre Dance at Inchicore College of Further Education, Dublin (2004 to 2007). While there she also achieved a Diploma in Dance Production and Performance and was a founding member of Core Dance Company, for advanced third year students. Following this, Lisa successfully auditioned for a place in TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London and in 2010 graduated with a BA(hons) Degree in Dance Theatre.
Since returning to Ireland Lisa has danced professionally with a number of established Contemporary Dance Companies, such as, John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance Company (UK), Liz Roche and John Jasperse (USA). Lisa also choreographs and performs her own work and was Dance Artist in Residence in RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre 2013/14.
Lisa is a highly experienced Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance and Contemporary dance teacher and has taught in various dance schools and venues throughout Dublin, Drogheda and Limerick.
Yvonne was born and brought up in Cupar where she started dancing at the age of 5 under the tuition of Joyce Anderson. Yvonne was lucky to be growing up in Fife during a very exciting time in the development of community and contemporary dance, and was a founder member of Fife Youth Dance Company which was set up under the direction of Royston Muldoom. At the age of 14, Yvonne started attending weekend ballet classes at the Theatre Shool of Dance and Drama where she later completed a 3 year full time course and was the first candidate in Scotland to complete the RAD's Student Teaching Certificate. Whilst living in Edinburgh, Yvonne was also a founder member of Lothian Youth Dance Company, danced in many Edinburgh Fringe Festival productions and was event organiser for the RainDance Project. Throughout her professional career, Yvonne made several appearances in the Adam Smith pantomimes under the direction of Jimmy Logan as well as several television appearances.
Qualifications and Teaching Experience
Yvonne runs her studio Yvonne Gray Dance Studios in Cupar, Scotland. She holds the RAD Teaching Diploma and the ISTD's Certificate in Dance Education and is a fully registered teaching member of both those societies and also with the IDTA. From 2009 – 2011 Yvonne was Dance Director of Scotcheer and coached the jazz and pom dance teams. She is Scotland’s only level 4 judge for cheer dance and has judged twice at the ICU Dance Worlds in Florida. Yvonne sits on the finance committee of the Royal Academy of Dance, and as of September 2012 was appointed Chairperson for the Scottish Regional committee. Yvonne was also honoured to be a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Dance from 2008-2010.