Meet our glorious dancers who perform in and deliver our Creative Learning projects.

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 Resolution! 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. 



Who would Nerea like to dance with?







Chris O'Mara

Chris O'Mara trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2016 with a BA (Hons) degree. During this time, Chris explored the arts, working in dance, theatre and film across Scotland and with choreographers such as Jack Webb, Katie Milroy, Aaron Jeffrey.

Chris has an extensive background in musical theatre, directing and performing in countless productions, and transferring these skills to his physical theatre style of choreography and performance. Chris shares this knowledge with young people of all ages with his award winning company, The LimeLight Company. He is also one of only a few Wheelchair Dance Sport Instructors in Scotland.

He first worked with Thomas in 2013 with Smallpetitklein, and has since performed in various of Thomas' projects, in both a student and a performing role. Chris is looking forward to collaborating on more projects with Shaper/Caper in the near future!

Chris performs in Well Good and The Adventures of Isabel. 



Who would Chris like to dance with?

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson (Thomas has already booked Madonna!)

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. 



Who would Linzi like to dance with?

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

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 CUT, The Adventures of Isabel and Well Good. 


Who would Giulia like to dance with?

Mats Ek

Kaja Jurkowska

Youth Support Worker


Kaja is 24 years old. Originally from Poland, she had her first experience with dance at the age of 5. Leaving her homeland at the age of 19 she wasn’t sure of what life would bring. Before moving away Kaja was a member of a contemporary dance group called ‘Progress’ based in Belchatow, together with the group she performed nationally and internationally from 2004 until 2012. In 2014 she started studying dance at Performing Arts Studio Scotland in Edinburgh, where she finished 2 years training followed by BA Hons Degree at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee.

Now graduated, Kaja is aiming to explore her creativity and deepen her choreographic practice, at the same time she is hoping take part in as many projects associated with dance/art as possible!

Kaja works with us on our Youngwummin Project in partnership with YouthLink Scotland and National Library of Scotland. 

Some of Kaja's favourite things:

Colour: grey

Food: pizza, dumplings, chocolate

Song: ‘Baby I love your way’ Big Mountain (amongst million other)

Movie: Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra

Things to do: Travel the world

Quote: ‘Wherever a dancer stands is a holy ground’ Martha Graham


Jourdan Walker

Youth Support Worker


Jourdan is 22 years old.  She was born in England but has lived in Scotland most of her life. She began dancing at 18 when she auditioned at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance for the first year course. With little hope of even being offered a place she graduated with a BA Hons Degree four years later.  Jourdan endeavours to be to be an example to others that if she could pursue her dream with two left feet and no coordination, anyone can if they work hard enough. Now graduated, Jourdan is dipping her toes into many pools of opportunity as she loves anything and everything that involves dance.

Jourdan works with us on our Youngwummin Project in partnership with YouthLink Scotland and National Library of Scotland. 

Some of Jourdan's favourite things:
Spending time with family
Inclusive dance
Improvising in a studio or space big enough to move

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Sarah Greene

Sarah is a freelance Dance Artist based in Dundee. In 2017 she graduated from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance with a First Class BA(Hons) Degree. During her training, Sarah worked with choreographers Jack Webb, Steven Martin, Marc Brew and Joan Cleville.

Since graduating, Sarah has worked for Scottish Dance Theatre's Creative Team supporting and leading their creative outreach classes. Sarah is also a fully trained Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) practioner. She teaches PBT and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet classes for Tayside Ballet.

Sarah has also performed for award winning companies such as Gary Clarke Company, Catherine Young Dance, and Fuora Dance Project. As well as performing, Sarah has a great interest in children's interactive performances and education through movement. Working with Shaper/Caper is a real pleasure for Sarah as she gets to explore and develop her skills in creatively working in a learning environment.


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 has taught on a range of our creative learning projects including LOVE/LIFE working in care homes with people living with dementia and Alzheimer's, Cmd Shift and our Saturday Classes for Children.  



Who would Gillian like to dance with?


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.  



Who would Rachel like to dance with?

Gregory Hines