Dance Lecturer

Born in Scotland in 1962, Alan Greig trained in London at the Laban Centre and Central School of Ballet. He spent a year in New York City as a scholarship student of seminal choreographer Alwin Nikolais. He has since taught, choreographed, and performed extensively in the UK. In 1990 he formed X Factor Dance Company which toured nationally and internationally until 2009. Alan has staged international performances in Germany (1996 and 2007) New York City (2009) and in Shanghai, China (2009-2017). 

Choreographic commissions include: Over Soul Tanz Theatre (Ningbo) Tron Theatre (Ulysses), Jin Xing Dance Company (Shanghai), University of Lincoln, Goucher College (USA), University of Malta, Y-Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, University College Bretton Hall, New Moves, Scottish Dance Theatre, Glasgow Clyde College.
 
Professional teachings include: University of Huaqiao (Xiamen), The British Council (Shanghai) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, Dance Ihayami, Dance Base (Edinburgh) – Alan was curator for Spring 08 bringing in Lloyd Newson and was the mentor 2012/13 for the D.E.B.S, Dance House (Glasgow) Citymoves (Aberdeen) Scottish Dance Theatre (Creative Learning) Scottish Ballet Education, V-Tol, Jonathan Burrows Group, London Youth Project, Scottish Youth Dance Festival and Dundee Rep Dance.  Alan is well known in the youth and community sector having created over 60 diverse works throughout the UK.  In 2003 he was invited to Hong Kong to collaborate with award winning theatre company, Theatre du Pif, in their production ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’.
 
Alan has performed with David Hughes Dance, Smallpetiteklein and Janice Parker. He graduated in 2009 from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a master’s degree (Distinction) in Dance Theatre Practices.

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Trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Tap (American and Irish) at Annette’s School of Dance (Quarteira, Portugal), Luis was qualified for and competed in the Dance World Cup 2011 (Paris, France), and had his choreography qualified for the two following Dance World Cups (Villach, Austria and Brighton, England).

Following that, he did the first two years of his BA in Dance at Escola Superior de Dança (Lisbon, Portugal), and the final year at Codarts University of the Arts (Rotterdam, Netherlands), where he had the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned teachers and choreographers, completing his BA in 2015.

Luis has since been based in Rotterdam and taught for over a year at the Technical University of Delft, toured the Netherlands and Belgium twice in Contemporary Dance company productions Ne Me Quitte Pas and Le Temps Perdu, by Belgian choreographer Isabelle Beernaert, worked for Princess Cruises, guest performed at events such as the Nederlands Acrobatiek Festival and most recently appeared in Pelléas et Mélisande by the Dutch National Opera.

Prior to his Dance experience, Luis held a regional title in kenpo karate (2001), regional and national titles in partner acrobatics (2003), and was vice-regional champion of high jump and javelin throw (2008) in the Algarve, Portugal. In high school, he studied advanced sciences, with the intent of pursuing astrophysics, up until he started dancing at the age of 16.

In early 2020, Luis began teaching at Edinburgh Festival Ballet School and The MGA Academy of Performing Arts, and is happy to be returning to Edinburgh as a full-time teacher at MGA.

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Linda hails from Glasgow and trained at Laine Theatre Arts in London.

Linda has been fortunate to have worked in all aspects of the industry as a dancer, singer and choreographer. Since graduating she has cruised the world with Celebrity Cruise lines as both dancer and lead vocalist. Her theatre credits include The Chuckles of Oz (Darlington Hippodrome), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Cardiff New Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Cardiff New Theatre) and Aladdin (Hull New Theatre) with Qdos Entertainment.

She was also part of Walt Disney’s feature film Beauty and the Beast‬. ‬‬‬

Her choreography credits include productions all over Europe for ted Talent.

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Edinburgh-based hip hop dancer and choreographer www.ashleyjackdance.com

Trained at Edinburgh’s Telford college (now PASS), where she completed an HND in Professional Stage Dance, as well as by hip hop and house dance pioneers in New York, Paris and Holland, Ashley has nearly a decade of experience in both performing and teaching.

Ashley is a popular teacher in the community, teaching many classes each week to adults and children under her brand, House of Jack, as well as in studios, dance colleges and schools around Edinburgh.
She also organises regular workshops by international and local dancers. She has a love of hip hop culture, imparting its history and foundations to her students. Ashley has a passion for outreach and is very active in projects working with youth and community groups, and is keen to engage and involve young people.

Ashley has a strong interest in Hip Hop theatre, founding company Jackin’ the Box in 2010 and youth company the MiniJackers in 2014. In her theatre works, she often explores the dark or difficult elements of the human psyche, including sociopathy, social anxiety, OCD, insomnia, and effects of modern technology on young people, producing thought-provoking and gripping pieces. She also produces upbeat pieces for events, showcases and club nights. She was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Creative Edinburgh Independent Award, for her creative choreography and valuable work with young people.

Ashley was the only female to be picked as one of five choreographers to take part in Breakin’ Convention’s inaugural ‘Back to the Lab’ project in 2012, travelling to London to be mentored by Jasmin Vardimon and Jonzi D to choreograph a piece shown at renowned venue Sadler’s Wells.

Performance credits include numerous hip hop theatre performances, including at: Breakin’ Rules, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, company, 2018; The Unknown plus guests, Galashiels, duet, 2017; Breakin’ Rules, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, duet, 2017; NordDance, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, duet, 2015; Jam’n’Juice at Just Jam, Dance City, Newcastle, solo, 2014; Breakin’ Convention, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, solo, 2014; Breakin’ Convention, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 2012; Breakin’ Rules, Dundee Rep Theatre, 2011 and 2012; Jam’n’Juice at Just Jam, Dance City, Newcastle, 2011; several pieces at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival; on-stage appearances with artists Kelly Rowland, David Guetta, U2 and more; a wide variety of club nights and events, including the MOBO awards.

Her youth companies also regularly perform at prominent events, including Breakin’ Convention (2017), Breakin’ Rules (2018, 2017, 2015), the Audacious Women Festival (2017), the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (2016), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2018, 2015).

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Adam is a Glasgow based dancer who specialises in hip hop as well as having knowledge and experience within many other styles. His journey began when he was featured on the live semi finals of Sky 1’s Got To Dance back in 2011, originally as a soloist but soon pairing with another competitor. This experience motivated and propelled him into learning as much about dance as he could.

Studying in Glasgow at Reid Kerr for three years and achieving HND in dance and stage, he also trained with the pioneers of Hip Hop Dance, Elite Force Crew, both in Glasgow and New York, spending three months attending classes at Broadway Dance Centre. He then moved to London to continue further his studies and enrolled at London Studio Centre. 

Due to a road traffic accident Adam was then left with no choice but to return home and recover. Upon his recovery, he auditioned for Work at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and successfully left home to work away for another year in Dubai.

During his studies Adam has performed professionally in theatre, commercial, and corporate events. Some of which include, Commonwealth Ceremonies (2012 to 2014), BBC & Blue Peter (2012), Sky 1 Broadband (2012),  Miss Scotland Awards Ceremony Soloist (2011),  Pavilion Theatre Glasgow (2011/2012 – 2012/2013), Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (2015/2016), Dubai Arts Festival (2015), Burtons Men’s Summer Fashion Release (2015).

As well as performing on a variety of platforms he has taught all over the uk and aims to add to his list by teaching worldwide. Some places include, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Dundee, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Budapest, Abu Dhabi, Dubai.

On top of performing and teaching Adam is also a member of Goblynz who are Scottish hip hop and street dance champions. He also participates in battles and events up and down the country and continues to explore the methods, techniques, and understandings of dancing as a form of self-expression. 

Very keen to be onboard with The MGA Academy of Performing Arts, he seeks to inspire and motivate all students to discover their inner artist and creative. 

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MBATD SDTA

Principal Teacher and Creative Director of LAPA. Laura trained at the WHSoD until the age of 16 where she secured a three-year Professional Dance Training Course at Edinburgh Theatre School of Dance & Drama.

After completing her training Laura went on many worldwide contracts aboard P&O and Costa Cruises, La Nouvelle Eve in Paris, Solverde Casinos Portugal, Casino Madeira, La Perla Casino Slovenia, Germany, Milan, Morocco, Italy to name few. She has performed in three pantomimes in The Pavillion Theatre Glasgow alongside The Krankies and the cast of Still Game, and also Panto at Motherwell Civic Centre.

Laura is involved in judging competitions and festivals as well as choreographing for students to dance in conventions such as Move It London and Can You Dance? Glasgow and Liverpool.

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Connor trained at Confidance Musical Theatre School in Glasgow, before relocating to London to further his Musical Theatre and Dance training at Laine Theatre Arts.

Connor has been lucky to perform in many areas of the industry from theatre to television, some of his professional credits include: Panto Cinderella/Ensemble, Panto Aladdin/Ensemble, Pacific Jewel Dancer (P&O Cruise Lines), Panto Dick Whittington/Ensemble, Pacific Pearl Dancer (P&O Cruise lines), Chicago The Musical/Ensemble, Love Never Dies/Ensemble, Legally Blonde/Ensemble/Carlos, Kinkyboots/Angel, Kinkyboots NCL Cruise lines/Angel

With his passion for performing Connor has always had a passion for teaching and choreographing. Alongside his Stage career he has taught and choreographed for schools across the UK and Internationally, passing the knowledge from the choreographers and directors he works with straight to the students in training.

Connor is delighted to be joining the Faculty at the MGA Academy in 2021, and is excited to work with the students of MGA and the future performers around the world.

Aerial Training

All or Nothing are Scotland’s leading aerial dance company. Based in Edinburgh they have been blending breathtaking aerial acrobatics with dance, theatre and contemporary circus since 2006.

The company’s creative work has seen them take on everything from large-scale outdoor spectacle to small scale theatre. They have hung from boats, abseiled down buildings and flown through trees at the Enchanted Forest. In 2015 they will be touring their new work for theatre, Three’s A Crowd.

All or Nothing create greater opportunities to experience aerial dance and theatre, running classes, workshops and training programmes, spanning both the professional and community sectors across Scotland.
The training at MGA is delivered by an experienced team of aerialists and performers including Andrew Green, Jennifer Paterson, Sharisse Tindell and Marie Williamson.

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Published 25/1/22   12:28PM

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Published 19/1/22   9:51AM

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