SkyeDance has two full-time members of staff who are funded by Creative Scotland, The Robertson Trust and Highland Council European Funding. We also employ Freelance staff and Guest teachers to deliver one-off workshops and projects.
MEET OUR TEAM:
Meara O’Donnell-Webb – Dance Development & Project Manager
Dancing since the age of 2 Meara attended Alloa Ballet Company, Alloa and Monument Dance Centre, Stirling, achieving awards and grades in Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre under examining bodies Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance (ISTD) and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Meara also achieved her SQA Higher Dance under the guidance of Monument, expanding and developing her knowledge of Contemporary Dance and the ability to choreograph.
This then led to Meara heading south at the age of 17 to the University of Central Lancashire to gain her BA(Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching Degree. Whilst training Meara worked as a Dance Apprentice for Preston Youth Dance Company and a Freelance artist for Ludus Dance.
Recently, Meara has gained her full teaching qualification: ISTD Level 4 Dance Diploma in Education (DDE) which allows her to train and enter students to sit their Modern Theatre exams up to College level.
Finally, Meara is currently studying for her Masters of Education: Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Glasgow.
Ailsa began her dancing career at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee where she gained her HND in Contemporary Dance Performance. Ailsa’s training consisted of mostly ballet and contemporary with some other styles mixed in such as Jazz, Capoeira and Hip Hop. Ailsa participated in many different workshops led by well-known dancers, companies and choreographers such as Scottish Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Fleur Darkin, Thomas Small, Errol White, Jack Webb and many more. Whilst still training Ailsa worked for three months in Pennsylvania where she taught dance six days a week, choreographing dance pieces for different shows in and around New York. She was lucky enough to get to work alongside dancers from New York Ballet whilst working here which was an amazing experience.
After finishing her training Ailsa went on to work full time for a dance charity in Edinburgh where she was part of the management team and a senior dance teacher. This was a fast paced and exciting opportunity where she was able to build on her teaching experience. After working in this job for almost a year Ailsa felt it was time for a change and applied here with us at SkyeDance.
Helen Scott Danter – Freelance Artist: Dance Across the Generations Project
SkyeDance is overseen by a board of trustees