Faculty

The Janice Marshall Stage School Faculty

 

 

Antonia Booth

Principal                                                                                                   (Tap, Drama & Modern)

Antonia started dancing at the age of 3 at the Janice Marshall Stage School where she completed her graded examinations at RAD Ballet and excelled at ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap.

Antonia passed her professional levels in Modern & Tap and now teaches ISTD Tap for all graded and professional levels. She also has a special talent working with pre-school ballet, tap and theatre classes.

Antonia's love and enthusiasm working with children reflects on the excellent results her pupils achieve at all levels.

 

Tracy Nelson

Singing & Drama

Tracy Nelson joined the Janice Marshall Stage School in 2008. She is now co-director of the Musical Theatre Department. 

Tracy qualified from Strathclyde University with a B.A. Honours in Applied Music 

She teaches Musical Theatre in various schools throughout South Ayrshire and has also worked with StageCoach Theatre Arts in Glasgow. 

We are very privileged to have her on board at the Stage School. The students love her energetic manner and humourous method of teaching.

Jamie Keen

Showtime Youth Theatre & Drama

Jamie trained at The Dance School of Scotland and Bird College of Dance and Theatre Performance in London graduating with a First Class B.A (Hons) Degree in Dance & Theatre Performance. 

 
Credits include: We Will Rock You (Dance Captain / Ensemble / 1st Cover 'Kashoggi', / 1st Cover 'Pop'), Saturday Night Fever (1st Cover 'Double J' & 'Frank Jr.' / Ensemble), Hairspray (Dance Captain / Ensemble / 1st Cover 'Corny Collins'), Come Fly With Me (Dancer / Aerialist), In The Air (Dancer / Aerialist), Aladdin (Ensemble), The Ripper: In Concert (Ensemble) and Dick Whittington (Dance Captain / Ensemble). 
 
Jamie has taught at various schools and colleges throughout the UK including Bird College, Scottish Ballet Junior Associates, The Dance School of Scotland, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & Glasgow Kelvin College.
 
Jamie is also and ex-pupil of the Janice Marshall Stage School. 
 

Melanie Russell

Modern Jazz & Tap

Melanie has always had a love and passion for dance and has been dancing since the age of 3. She started at her local dance school and at the age of 18 continued her studies at Bird College where she graduated with a National Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre.

After graduating, Melanie immediately went into teaching- teaching R.A.D, I.S.T.D Ballet, ISTD Tap and Jazz at various schools.

She is fully qualified within the ISTD with over 10 years of experience. Melanie hopes to pass on this passion and enjoyment to all of her students.

Elayne Seaton

 

Ballet
 

Elayne started dancing at the age of two, attending a local Royal Academy of Dance School. At the age of 11 she then gained a place at the Dance School of Scotland to begin full time training. Elayne gained Distinction in in all her RAD Exams up to Advanced 2 which allowed her to compete in the renowned Genee International Ballet Competition. Elayne was also a Junior and Senior Associate of Scottish Ballet. 

In 2015 she graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA Degree in Modern Ballet. On graduating, Elayne was selected by the Dance Director of Scottish Ballet to join the Company as an Artist and joined them on tour for The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet and Cinderella.

Elayne then went onto complete her Certificate of Ballet Training Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. Elayne is also an Associate of the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance. 

Throughout this time, she continued to enjoy competitive highland dance and won several Championship titles over the years including Scottish, British and European Championships. Elayne joined the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Dance Company in 2015 and continues to enjoy performing all around the world. 

Elayne loves teaching and hopes to pass on her love of dance and to inspire the next generation of dancers. 

Vanessa Anderson

                                                                                                Boogie Babies, Nursery, Pre-School & Adult

 

From the age of 3, Vanessa attened the Janice Marshall Stage School and gained Intermidiate Level in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and ISTD Tap.

She then studied at Anniesland College, now Dance Studio Scotland, for 3 years and graduated with a Diploma as a Dance Artist. To further her dance qualifications, she trained as a Dance Leadership Tutor with Sports Scotland and also became an instructor for Burlex Fitness LTD.

Vanessa has experience in delivering dance within the education sector as well as in the community. She is passionate about dance and wants to inspire young people to be creative and explore the world of performance. 

 

Yolanda Kelly

 

Showtime Youth Theatre & Modern Jazz

From the age of 2 1/2, Yolanda attended the Janice Marshall Stage School and gained Advanced Foundation Level in RAD Ballet and Intermidiate Level in ISTD Modern. 

She then studied at Dance For All Theatre School in Edinburgh graduating with a HND in Professional Stage Dance Performance. During this time she also gained her ISTD Teaching Qulification. 

 

Louise Graham 

 

Lyrical Dance, Street Dance & Stretching

Louise started dancing at the age of 11 at the Janice Marshall Stage School and gained her Advanced 1 RAD Ballet with Distinction and also her ISTD Intermidiate Foundation Modern and Silver Award in Modern with an A. 

Louise then went on to study at Ballet West for 4 years and graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Dance. During her four years at Ballet West, Louise toured Scotland performing in various productions including Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. She was also chosen to go on tour in China with Romeo & Juliet in her first year. 

Louise was Dance Captain when she performed at Disneyland (Paris), Royal Albert Hall (London) and throughout her time at Ballet West. 

Lousie loves teaching and hopes to pass on her knowledge and love for dance to the next generation of dancers. 

 
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