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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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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

Senior 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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Aimee Friel

Dance Artist

In 2017, Aimee graduated from Dance Studio Scotland, securing an A grade for both HND and HNC Dance Artist Qualifications. A highlight of Aimee’s college experience was when her HND graded unit piece of choreography was selected to be performed in the department’s end of year showcase at the Mitchell Theatre. During her final year, Aimee visited New York City, where she learned from some of the industry’s leading professional dancers at Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

While studying at college, Aimee’s experience and interest as a community dance artist developed immensely. She started by teaching for private dance schools and primary schools. She then became more versatile through her work with the Scottish Ballet Elders Company, South Lanarkshire Council (adult community learning), and Tomorrow’s Women (female ex-offenders at risk of re-offending).

In 2018, Aimee graduated from Edinburgh College with a First-class BA Honors degree in dance. Immediately after graduating, she secured a full-time position with YDance as a Trainee Dance Artist. This experience developed Aimee into the well-rounded dance artist that she is today.

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