National Youth Dance Company of Scotland

The Company

The Company (2020 – 2021)

The members of the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland.

Emily Briggs

Emily (19) is originally from Scalloway, Shetland and currently studying a BA Hons in Dance and Drama at Performing Arts Studio Scotland.

She started dancing when she was four years old after seeing a recording of the Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet and went on to dance at the Shetland Community School of Ballet. The most unusual dance project Emily has taken part in was when she got to perform with comedian Jack Whitehall at the Edinburgh Playhouse whilst he was dressed as an emu.

Emily took part in Project Y 2018, but this is her first year with NYDCS. She is looking forward to being physically and creatively challenged whilst meeting some incredible people as she starts to make her transition from student to professional.

Marcus Burns

Marcus (17) is from Aberdeen and currently studying Human Biology and Accounts at Aberdeen Grammar School.

He started dancing when he was 12 and has studied contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop, and performed with Danscentre and Fusion Youth Dance Company.

This is Marcus’ first year with NYDCS. He believes this experience will give him an insight into what a professional dance company is like and teach him the dedication and hard work it takes to make it in the industry.

Emma Dunsmore

Emma (19) is from Port Glasgow and currently studying HND Dance at West College Scotland.

She started dancing when she was four years old but took a break and didn’t return to training until she was 15 when she joined the Beacon Arts Centre Youth Dance Company.

Emma took part in Project Y 2020, but this is her first year with NYDCS. She is looking forward to meeting other young people who have a passion for dance and having the opportunity to work in a professional company environment and improve her confidence, technique and creativity.

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah (18) is from Newport on Tay and currently studying HND Contemporary Dance Performance at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

She started dancing when she was 8 years old with Scottish Dance Theatre. Farrah is a member of SDT’s Young Company and was also a performing member of Tinderbox Orchestra as a violinist.

Farrah took part in Hothouse Level 1, Project Y 2019 and Project Y 2020. This is her second year as a member of NYDCS. Being a part of the company has made Farrah think in a more openminded way as things she thought were physical impossibilities for her body and mind have become accessible, developing both her movement and creative vocabulary.

Morgan Fehlberg

Morgan (19) is from Paisley and is studying Dance Arts at Glasgow Clyde College.

She started dancing when she was 10 years old when a dance teacher came to her school to deliver a workshop and she fell in love with the artform. Morgan has competed in world championships, hip-hop battles and took part in a professional video concept for Kehlani.

This is Morgan’s first year with NYDCS. She has seen previous company members grow and saw how the opportunity helped develop their overall dancing ability and wanted to experience that too.

Antonia Hamilton

Antonia (21) is from Hamilton and studying Contemporary Dance at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

She started dancing when she was two years old but took a break when she was 16 when she left high school to study Product Design. After a year she had an overwhelming need to dance again and dropped out of her course to start a BA in Contemporary Dance.

Antonia took part in Project Y 2015, Project Y 2019 and danced with YDance at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow. This is her first year with NYDCS and she believes the company is a great way to connect with other dancers and creatives.

Lauren McGowan

Lauren (19) is from Kilwinning and studying HND Dance Artist at West College Scotland.

She went to her first ballet class at age two and since then has taken classes in jazz, tap, hip-hop and musical theatre. Lauren is a member of Scottish Ballet Youth Exchange and has been part of GoDance, the Performers Elite Programme and recently took part in the Urdang Associate course.

Lauren took part in Project Y 2019, Project Y 2020 and has performed at Destinations with Leeanne Dobbie Dance. This is her second year with NYDCS. Joining the company has allowed Lauren to learn a lot about herself, brought out her creativity and given her confidence to experiment.

Sophie Morrison

Sophie (17) is from Paisley and studying HNC Dance at West College Scotland.

She started dancing when she was 10 years old and has taken part in summer schools and conventions.

This is Sophie’s first year with NYDCS. She joined the company as she believes it will give her valuable skills that will make her more confident as she progresses through her training.

Christina Panagiotou

Christina (19) is from Limassol, Cyprus and is studying a BA Hons in Dance at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

She started dancing when she was six years old at classical ballet classes, has performed with Third Thread and participated in Paris Academy 2020.

This is Christina’s first year with NYDCS. She joined the company for the performances, the experience and the challenge that comes with working with people in a professional way.

Adam Quinn

Adam (16) is from Glasgow. He started dance classes with Right2Dance when he was five years old and has been dancing with them ever since.

In 2014 he danced with a group of young men in a production of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies. The group have been performing at festivals for the last three years.

Adam took part in Project Y 2020 and has performed at Destinations with Right2Dance and Overdrive. This is his first year with NYDCS. He joined the company as he knew previous members who said it was one of the greatest opportunities in their dance career.

Emma Read

Emma (19) is from Aberdeen and studying HND Contemporary Dance Performance at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

She started dancing at ballet classes when she was four years old. Her first contemporary experience was when she joined Fusion Youth Dance Company at 16.

Emma has performed at Destinations and took part in Project Y 2020. This is her first year with NYDCS. She wanted to join the company after seeing them perform at Destinations and hearing from her friends in NYDCS how much they were getting out of the experience.

Katie Taylor

Katie (20) is from Tough in Aberdeenshire and is studying Contemporary Arts Practice at Grays School of Art.

She first started dancing when she was 2 years old at her local village hall. She has been a member of Fusion Youth Dance Company and has been involved with the Fringe Festival 2018, U.Dance 2019, Rosie Kays 5 Soldiers, and Spectra 2020.

Katie took part in the Project Y Short Course 2014, Hothouse 2020 and performed at Destinations. This is her first year with NYDCS. She felt it was the next step after youth dance companies and wanted to be pushed technically and artistically by the dancers around her.

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