Laura Smith

Company Dance Development Officer, Job Share

Laura trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. She then worked as a freelance dance artist at Citymoves in Aberdeen on various performance, choreographic and teaching projects. She has worked for a number of organisations, including The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and Scottish Dance Theatre. Since 2008, she has been Dance Development Artist at Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling, before being appointed as Company Dance Development Officer with YDance in May 2012.

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Caroline Burnside

Company Dance Development Officer, Job Share

Caroline graduated from the University of Surrey with a Diploma in Dance and Culture followed by a BA (Hons) from Laine Theatre Arts. She also trained with Ballet West, Argyll. Having worked for City Moves Aberdeen and Dance Base in Edinburgh in an arts admin role Caroline joined YDance as their first Dance Apprentice in 2004. Since Joining the company she has worked on a number of projects including the Dance in Schools Initiative, Free To Dance Project and YDance Active.

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Kelly Shearer

Project Director (YDance Active)

Kelly graduated from Anniesland College with an HND in Dance. The College also presented her with the Chairman’s Award for Overall Outstanding Achievement, which is awarded annually to the student who has made a major contribution to the wider work of the College in their community. Kelly’s teaching and choreographic credits include work for Anniesland College, Scottish Ballet, Dancehouse, South Lanarkshire Council (The Artsnet Project), Active Schools Glasgow and North Glasgow College.

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Gillian Smith

Senior Dance Worker, YDance Active

Gillian studied Dance at Anniesland College achieving an HND before going on to complete a BA in Dance at Edinburgh’s Telford College. She has worked as a Freelance Dance Tutor for YDance for over 5 years joining the Dance in Schools Initiative Team towards the end of 2007. In 2009 Gillian took 3 month sabbatical from her YDance job to study at Broadway Dance Centre in New York.

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