Jonathan began his training at Gray School of Dance in his hometown of Aberdeen age 8 before beginning his vocational training at The Dance School of Scotland in 2006. He then joined English National Ballet School, London in 2011. During his time at English National Ballet School, he performed in a national tour alongside English National Ballet company performing "My First Ballet: Coppelia". He also appeared in the company's Nutcracker in 2015. After graduating in 2015, he then joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu as a member of the company. Since joining the company Jonathan has performed as a Demi-soloist in "Dincolo de Dans", Arabian pas de deux, Rat King and main father in "The Nutcracker", soloist role, Karenin in "Anna Karenina", Lead Rhino in "Trilogie Ionesco", "Seasons" and "Swan Lake". Gray School of Dance is the reason that Jonathan is where he is today and he is very thankful for everything that was given to him during his time there.
Sam Wingfield moved to Aberdeen at the age of 8 and joined Gray School of Dance. She then went to study at London Studio Centre in London. Whilst in training, Sam appeared in the ITV television series, Endeavour, as a Showgirl, and in the ITV documentary, Britain's Secret Homes, as “The Platinum Blonde.”
After graduating with a BA Hons degree in Dance and Musical Theatre in 2014, Sam spent the Christmas period in Oxford performing in the ensemble and performed as Maid Marion's understudy in the Pantomime Robin Hood at The Oxford Playhouse. She is a member of Enchorus, a London based choir who have performed at London Fashion Week, Royal Festival Hall, sang in Sam Smith's music video, 'Stay With Me', as well as performing at many other gigs in various venues in and around London.
Most recently Sam has taken on the lead role of Ulla in The Producers (International Tour). Other theatre credits include: Ensemble in Funny Girl (UK Tour); Featured Vocalist as Elsa in Mickey and the Magician (Disneyland Paris); Vocalist for Oceania Cruise Lines; Tiller Girl in John Bishop's Christmas Special (Dominion Theatre) and Ensemble and u/s Maid Marion in Robin Hood (Oxford Playhouse).
Lisa attended Gray School of Dance from 3 to 16 years old. She loved dancing and attended any class that she could, including helping on a Saturday with the younger students, and realised at a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in dance.
After leaving Gray school of dance to go into full time dance college, she gained an NC in dance at Ecosse Performers college. She moved to Bolton to complete her teacher training in both RAD ballet and ISTD tap and modern at Presson College, and as soon as her training was complete she took over an established dance school which she has now been running for over 5 years.
Last year Lisa decided to further her qualifications and undertake a CERT ED 14+ degree teaching course. This qualification allows her to teach in any secondary or private school, college and university teaching GCSE, A Level or BTEC Dance. Since qualifying in May she has been offered a dance teaching job at Bolton College teaching BTEC Dance which she loves.
Lisa would like to add ‘I have had a fantastic dancing career and have learnt so many different things. This would not have been possible without the help, motivation and guidance from Miss Gray. You taught me how to dance and inspired me to become a teacher and show my students my passion and dedication for dance, thank you.’
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Megan attended Gray school of Dance from the age of 5 to 18. After performing in her last dance show in 2015 (Make Some Noise) Megan moved down to London to start training at drama school. She trained at The American Musical Theatre Academy of London and completed the two-year musical theatre course. During her time training at AMTA Megan was lucky enough to have been taught by many industry professionals and having master classes with associate and casting directors in the industry! She was thrilled to have been given the lead role of Reno Sweeney in her end of year college show ‘Anything Goes’ at the Stockwell Playhouse, before graduating in July 2017.
Other credits whilst training include the role of Chenin in ‘All Things Nice’, ensemble in ‘Merrily We Roll Along’, and Mrs. Tilford in ‘The Children’s Hour’.
Since graduating, Megan has started her first professional job as a vocalist for Warner Leisure Hotels in Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire.
Kerrie began her dance training at Gray School of Dance in Aberdeen before completing her training at a full-time performing arts college in England. Her main ambition has always been focused on teaching, and during her training she gained her Associate qualifications in Tap and Modern with the ISTD, and her teaching certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance for classical ballet. After various teaching/performing work, she returned to Scotland in 2001 and joined Wendy O’Dowd and Hilary Caldwell to form the partnership which is now known as North Aberdeenshire Dance Academy. During the last ten years, Kerrie furthered her professional development gaining licentiate status in Modern Dance and fellowship status in Tap. In 2005 she became an approved tutor for the ISTD, delivering teaching qualifications through approved dance centres to new teachers and teachers wishing to upgrade their qualifications.
More recently, in 2010 she was asked to become the approved tutor for a new centre in Barcelona, and is thoroughly enjoying working with teachers there. She was also the driving force behind North Aberdeenshire Dance Academy becoming an Approved Dance Centre. To date, Kerrie has trained teachers who are now working throughout Scotland, England, Spain, Norway, The Middle East, and Hong Kong.