Kelly Shearer

Head of Participation

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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Linzi McLagan

Head of Education

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Laura McLaughlin

Dance Development Officer

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

Dance Development Officer

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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Gillian Montgomery

Dance Artist

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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Julieann Smith

Dance Artist – Education

Julieann joined YDance in January 2017 as a Dance Artist in Education.  Before returning to Education to complete her BA Hons Degree in Dance, Julieann enjoyed an extensive career as a freelance Dance Artist.  Julieann has been fortunate to build a career doing what she loves, working with all ages and abilities, performing, choreographing and teaching a variety of dance styles from contemporary to Musical Theatre. In recent years, Julieann’s focus has been Dance in Education and is a keen advocate of the importance of dance to a well-rounded education for all young people in Scotland.  Julieann is committed to improving as an artist and a teacher and is currently studying to gain her Masters in the learning and teaching of the performing arts from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Jessica Ho

Dance Artist – Education

Jessica graduated in 2015 from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance with BA Hons Degree in Dance, during which she was also a part of the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland. After graduating Jessica worked freelance for several organisations including as a dance tutor for South Lanarkshire Council, an assistant for Indepen-dance, and on projects such as Jump In and Catalyst with YDance. She was also a member of Horizons integrated youth dance company and took part in the Let’s Dance Exchange in Leeuwarden in Holland and Bremen in Germany.

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Natalia Barua

Dance Artist (Maternity Cover)

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Aimee Friel

Trainee Dance Worker

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