Meet our glorious dancers who perform in our touring productions.

Vince Virr

Vince Virr trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2006 with BPA(Hons) degree.  He then joined Transitions Dance Company at Laban and toured the UK and parts of Turkey and has a MA in Dance Performance (Distinction). 

Vince has worked with Hofesh Shechter, Henri Oguike, Ben Wright, Pablo Ventura, Cristian Duarte, Jenni Kivela, Aszure Barton, Debbi Pertil, Luca Silvestrini and Natasha Gilmore. 

Vince is a qualified fitness instructor and is interested in the body from a physiological viewpoint as well as artistic interpretation. Vince was a part of the teaching staff at the Urdang Academy and a Lecturer at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.  

Vince and Tommy rehearsing 'Falling Man' from the 'Within This Dust' programme.  Photo: Josh Hawkins.

Vince and Tommy rehearsing 'Falling Man' from the 'Within This Dust' programme.  Photo: Josh Hawkins.

Vince danced with Thomas in Smallpetitklein from 2007 to 2015 collaborating with him on various projects.  Vince embarked on a world tour with New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Vince currently performs in Thomas Small’s critically acclaimed Within This Dust and in new work The Unwanted.  He also performed in Thomas' Shakespeare Shuffle project as part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival in 2016. 

 

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Who would Vince like to dance with?

Sia and Diana Payne-Myers MBE again! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


John Ross

John was born and raised in Dundee, Scotland. Initially he was interested in theatre and began training as an actor. He then studied at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee and London Contemporary Dance School. John has worked with professional choreographers /companies such as Jorge Cresis, Freddie Opoku- Addiade, Akiko Kutimara, Ace Dance and Music, Two Thirds Sky, Smallpetitklein, C12 Dance Theatre, Opera North and Tom Dale. He has made works for Dance United, Shoreditch Youth Dance, The CAT Programmes, 2 Faced youth, Northern's Apprentices, BA's at The Place and collaborated on an award-winning new musical for the Old Vic Theatre for which he was also nominated for Best Choreographer category. In 2014 John won The Matthew Bourne Choreographer Award and also The BBC Fellowship Award and will be supported by Swindon Dance. 

John with Miranda, Ellen and Pudsey after performing in The Drive at CarFest South

John with Miranda, Ellen and Pudsey after performing in The Drive at CarFest South

John performs in Thomas Small’s The Drive, which premiered at Chris Evans’ CarFest in 2015.  He also performs in the critically acclaimed production The Adventures of Isabel.

 

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Who would John like to dance with?

Mila Kunis and Fred Astaire...for very different reasons! 

 

 

 

 

 


Ellen Cobbaert

Born in Belgium, Ellen attended school at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp (Belgium). After this she completed her bachelor diploma at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) where she won the Carolyn Woolridge graduation prize for outstanding level of studying. 

She then joined Scottish Dance Theatre as apprentice in 2010 as part of the apprenticeship scheme at London Contemporary Dance School where she graduated with a postgraduate diploma in June 2011. There she worked with choreographers such as Benjamin Levy, Kate Weare, Janet Smith, Carolyn Bowditch and Marc Brew, also performing current repertoire choreographed by Ruth Janssen, Ben Duke, Hofesh Shechter and Liv Lorent.

She is now based in Belgium where she started her own collective, just finished La Loba by Laura Eva Meuris and has re-created 'Who we are', which premiered in spring 2013. Combined with her own work she also teaches children and adults about music, dance and theatre. 

Ellen performing in The Adventures of Isabel.  Photo: Josh Hawkins.

Ellen performing in The Adventures of Isabel.  Photo: Josh Hawkins.

Ellen has worked with Thomas for a number of years on various productions and performs in Thomas Small’s The Drive, which premiered at Chris Evans’ CarFest in 2015.  She also performs in the title role of Isabel in Thomas’ critically acclaimed production The Adventures of Isabel.

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Who would Ellen like to dance with?

Magdalena, just like we always used to.

 

 

 

 


Miranda Mac Letten

Miranda graduated with a 1st class Hons degree from London Contemporary Dance School. She first worked with Punchdrunk as an apprentice on The Duchess Of Malfi, a co-production with the English National Opera, and has continued performing for Punchdrunk on a number of projects including a years run in The Drowned Man. Other dance credits include: Scorned, SHhh! (C-12 Dance Theatre) and working with The People Pile and Bicycle Ballet. She is also the founder of her own company, kerfuffle Dance, whose professional works include The Endeavor To Be Super. 

Miranda first worked with Thomas on his production of Wheechin Aboot project in 2014.

Miranda performing in Thomas Small's 'Wheechin Aboot'.  Photo: Jordan Anderson.

Miranda performing in Thomas Small's 'Wheechin Aboot'.  Photo: Jordan Anderson.

Miranda performs in Thomas Small’s The Drive, which premiered at Chris Evans’ CarFest in 2015.  She also performs in the critically acclaimed production The Adventures of Isabel.   She also appeared in Thomas' Lost But Found film inspired by stories from Children In Need.  

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Who would Miranda like to dance with?

Dracula would be very exciting!

 


Lisa Hood

Lisa was born in England and raised in Scotland.  She began her professional dance training at Edinburgh’s Telford College before continuing her training at London Contemporary Dance School where she completed a BA Hons in contemporary dance in 2005.

Since leaving LCDS, Lisa has worked for various different companies and choreographers both nationally and internationally. These include Avant Garde Dance, Rosie Kay Dance Company, The Generating Company, Ffin Dance, Ijad Dance Company, Arthur Pita, Sheron Wrey, Rachel Lopez De La Nieta and Ben Ash.

Lisa performing in CUT.

Lisa performing in CUT.

Lisa worked with Thomas in Smallpetitklein from 2013 to 2015 and now performs in Thomas Small’s critically acclaimed productions Within This Dust and The Adventures of Isabel

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Who would Lisa like to dance with?

TBC!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Andrew Gardiner

Andrew has trained and received BA(hons) in both Theatre and Dance, and has a PGDip from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (distinction). He works as a dance artist and actor.

Andrew has worked with companies and choreographers such as Ben Wrights bgroup, Luca Silvestrini's Protein Dance, Christine Devaney's Curious Seed, Thomas Small, James Wilton, Riccardo Buscarini: works and Zoielogic Dance Theatre. Andrew is also an associate artist and collaborator of Encounter Productions on their works I Heart Catherine Pistachio and Streets in the Sky.  

Andy performing in Struileag by Jim Sutherland.  Directed by Dan Ayling.  Choreographed by Thomas Small.  Photo: Douglas Robertson.

Andy performing in Struileag by Jim Sutherland.  Directed by Dan Ayling.  Choreographed by Thomas Small.  Photo: Douglas Robertson.

 

Andy performs in Thomas Small’s critically acclaimed production The Adventures of Isabel.

 

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Who would Andy like to dance with?

My grandmother taught rock n roll so I’d love to jive with her!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Giulia Montalbano

Graduated with two First-Class Honours degrees from London Contemporary Dance School. Highly experienced in ballet and contemporary techniques such as Cunningham, Release, Floor work and Skin realise including physical theatre. In addition, she also teaches improvisation, contact work and she has been invited to create choreographies around Italy and Scotland. All this lead into her teaching styles to disable, children from 0 to 11years old, adult and youth dance companies around Scotland(Royal Conservatoire, DanceHouse, Scottish Dance Theatre, Ydance,Macrobert,Dance Base, Alyth Primary School,Horsecross,CityMoves,Shaper Caper…)  and Italy. As a dancer she worked with Cora Bissett (Grit),Scottish Dance theatre(Hofesh, Fleur Darkin, Liv Lorent, Janet Smith, Victor Qujada, Jo Stromgren), Alan Danielson, Matthias Kass, Shumpei Namoto,Dane Hurst (Rambert Dance Company), Richard Alston Company for Ceremony of Carols, Janice Dance Company, Maura Morales, Rob Heaslip and on around UK and Europe. Her ideas are to keep exploring new adventure, new experiences in the contemporary dance context and her dream is to establish her company Fuora Dance Project and work more nationally and internationally.

In 2014 the company has presented its own repertoireat the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh, Cottier Dance Project and Streetland (Glasgow), Hidden Door (Edinburgh), CityMoves (100 days/dances) and DanceLive (Aberdeen) , London Bridge Live Arts Festival. In 2015 Scottish Storytelling Centre (Edinburgh), Resolution!! 2015 (The Place, London), DIGlasgow , Teatro Libero , Dundee Rep and PerthDanceFestival.

The company is looking forward to expanding its horizons. It is open to create new and demanding dance works through a continued focus on the redevelopment and research of new physical forms with a theatrical perspective.  

Giulia performs in  The Adventures of Isabel and Well Good. 

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Who would Giulia like to dance with?

Mats Ek

 


Linzi McLagan 

Linzi McLagan was born in Dundee and first gained contemporary dance experience at 12.  She performed and participated in creative community projects throughout Dundee before going on to study at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, where she achieved a Higher National Diploma in contemporary dance performance.

After graduation she joined the community initiatives team at Dundee College, where she received mentorship with Catherine Cassidy.  Linzi then went on to work as a Lecturer at Dundee College and spent four years there teaching contemporary technique, choreography and movement science at the Scottish school of Contemporary Dance.  Within this time Linzi achieved a Higher Diploma: Exercise Physiology and an Advanced Diploma: Teaching in Further Education.

Linzi was Dance Development Officer with an educational remit at Citymoves Dance Agency in Aberdeen and has taught extensively throughout Scotland teaching education projects for Smallpetitklein, NHS Scotland, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre and The Space. She is a specialist in Early Years and delivering Curriculum for Excellence within education based settings.  She has completed her 3rd module in Polestar Pilates Matt work and is currently studying MSc Dance Science and Education (GTC Teaching Pathway) at Edinburgh University.

Linzi delivers our Well Good project and our Baby Steps Classes. 

 

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Who would Linzi like to dance with?

I would LOVE to dance/waltz with Marlon Brando - SWWWWWOOOON 


Nerea Gurrutxaga

Nerea grew up in San Sebastian,  Basque Country.  In 2014 she graduated from London Contemporary Dance School where she performed pieces by Sasha Roubicek,  Wayne Parsons,  Claire Cunningham and Joe Moran as well as improvisational performances that were part of Rick Nodine's course. At the time she was awarded the Peggy Hawkins scholarship. She participated on an exchange programme with Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen in 2013, where she performed Trio A and participated in a residency that took place in PAF. She performed a piece by Fionn Cox-Davies in Resolutions in January 2014.

She was an apprentice dancer in Scottish dance theatre since August 2014 as part of her postgraduate diploma. She is one of the creators of the Roundabout Collective in Scotland. Finally as a freelancer she has participated in different projects such as; Choreodrome and Touchwood with a piece by Anders Duckworth and Dance live festival with Choreospondance by Tim Casson.

Nerea performs in The Adventures of Isabel and Well Good. 

 

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Who would Nerea like to dance with?

TBC

 

 

 

 

 


Gillian McKechnie

Gillian trained at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and worked at Citymoves Dance Agency in Aberdeen.  

Gillian delivers our Well Good programme and Saturday Classes for Children.  

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Who would Gillian like to dance with?

TBC


Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan trained professionally at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance where she gained a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance in 2014. After graduation, she successfully gained a place with Jasmin Vardimon's graduate company, JV2.  During her professional year she worked alongside choreographers Jasmin Vardimon, Marilena Dara, Athanisia Kanellopoulou and Mafalda Deville. After a national tour in 2015, Rachel returned to Scotland where she is now based and is working as a Freelance Dance Artist. 

Rachel delivers our Well Good programme.  

 

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Who would Rachel like to dance with?

Gregory Hines