Congratulations to all of our 2014 Graduates who have each made it through tough auditions and are jetting off on international careers, continuing on to degree courses and embarking on their teaching careers!
Here are some career updates we are hearing about (from left-right)!
Kristina Lowe was ecstatic to be working at Disneyland Paris, alongside a number of fellow DFA graduates and has since been the Open Jazz Finalist in the Dance world Championships, Florida and choreographer at the Children’s Theatre Boness. Kristina is currently teaching Jazz & Commercial Dance at the Central Scotland Ballet School.
Catherine Farrer taught in Orkney at Just Dance, a dance school founded by our 2007 graduate Joanna Davies, before embarking on her first international dance contract in Paphos, Cyprus. She is currently the Choreographer at Club Med in France and this summer will be off to Club Med in Cancun, Mexico.
Hayley Fleming started her career at Disneyland Paris, came back to Scotland to teach and has since worked her first cruise contract with Mirage Productions, aboard Fred Olsen cruises. She is currently a dancer at the 4-star Mitsis Rodos Village Hotel in Greece.
Since graduating from Dance For All, Maeve Foley started off her career working part-time in London with The London Cheerleaders and part-time on an American TV series called Outlander, which is filmed in Scotland. These are both jobs that she has loved and goes back to regularly in between other contracts. Shortly after this, she joined Outlander full time to film their second season. After season 2 she flew to Cyprus for a six-month dance contract. With one day to spare before joining her next job she dyed her hair to the colour required and dived straight back into the filming world for another six months. Since then she has worked on many professional dance contracts around the world in countries including France, Spain, Portugal and Lebanon and have bumped into many other DFA past students along her way. She never thought she would travel so much but she has grown a passion for it. Maeve’s most recent job was as an international dancer at the Benidorm Palace in their production of Aqua where she worked for a year. This has been her favourite job to date! She will be back on the set of Outlander for their sixth season and hope to do more travelling and work abroad in the future. Check out our interview with Maeve here.
Robert Wilson moved to London soon after graduating, successfully auditioning to work on many different projects including: Bollywood film sets; music videos; Mary Poppins popup events; and performances with the commercial flash mob troupe, Club Mob. At the end of 2014, Robert was delighted to join the cast of A Night of Dirty Dancing for a UK Tour, which commenced in January 2015. Since then Robert has toured aboard the Royal Princess ship, with Princess Cruises, taught Commercial Dance classes for Simon Says Dance, performed in Funny Girls and worked with Awesome Dog – a motion capture company – on various projects. Robert is now heading off on his next dance adventure, rehearsing in London for a month then touring around Holland with Spirit Productions. We caught up with Robert to find out how his career is going and he gave us some fantastic audition tips in this article.
Ashley Campbell won her first international dance contract soon after graduating, working a season at a hotel on Greek island of Kos. She has since worked in panto and TV and embarked on further international contracts at hotels in Malta and Greece.
Ashleigh Innes began her career by performing in The Taste of Scotland show at Edinburgh’s world-famous boutique hotel Prestonfield House, then a season run in Cinderella in Motherwell while continuing to teach in local dance schools. She soon won her first cruise contract aboard the NeoRiviera, with Costa Cruise Lines, sailing the Mediterranean. Now Ashleigh is excited to be off on another cruise contract – this time in Asia, embarking with Seacruise in January 2018. While here she has been teaching and performing with the Prestonfield team
Lana Benson started her career performing on stage as a ballet dancer in the opera Aida, as a Can-Can dancer at events and modelling. She has since won international contracts, performing at hotels in Paphos, Greece, in Cyprus and is now back performing in Greece, in Khalkidhiki.
Seonaid Cleland set off travelling around Australia soon after graduating. When she came back, she embarked upon her DDI Ballet teacher training exams. Seonaid enjoyed her travels so much that she’s planning another trip back!
Mandy Fletcher started her dance career performing across the UK. She’s currently performing as a magician / dancer in the House of Illusion in Salou, Spain. Mandy is actually a third generation magician in her family and is thrilled to be combining her professional dance and magic expertise.
Leanne Graham has been performing in the Prestonfield House Taste of Scotland show and with local professional Commercial dance group, Twisted Perfection, founded by one of our former tutors, Simon Hunter. She has recently passed her ISTD DDE (DIPLOMA IN DANCE EDUCATION).
Chanelle Derighetti is Head of Jazz Dance at a local dance school and is also teaching ISTD Modern and Tap.
Megan Baird completed her summer season in Paphos, Cyprus and is back home for a few months before jetting off on another contract as a Kanika All Star at the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol, Cyprus.
Jennifer Foulds initially moved to London after graduating, successfully auditioning to perform in commercial dance projects, including a music video with American rapper, Flo Rider and with Show Stoppers’ productions. Since then Jennifer has won contracts to perform in Marrakech, Morrocco and Dubai, UAE. She recently founded her own professional dance troupe, The Stiletto Sisters.
Lauren Brown was made Head of Street Dance at a local dance school and also taught at Dance HQ in Glasgow, before jetting off to India. She performed on stage in Scotland before winning her first international contract to perform in Indian Bollywood stage shows & movies, music videos and TV shows, involving travel all over India. Now back in Scotland, Lauren is teaching at three local dance schools in the Lothians.