Having danced at Danscentre in Aberdeen from a young age, Amy originally went on to the University of Aberdeen to study Mechanical Engineering. During her second year, Amy accepted a place at London Studio Centre where she went on to achieve a first class BA Honours in Theatre Dance on a Leverhulme scholarship. Amy was part of London Studio Centres touring contemporary company Intoto where she worked with a variety of practitioners and toured work by John Ross, Jose Agudo and Henri Oguike, under the artistic direction of Sue Booker.
As a freelance artist Amy has performed work by Ryan Munro, Edd Mitton and in a duet at the Fringe she co-choreographed with Amy Longmuir as well as working on projects with Luke Brown Dance Company and Palms Down Dance Company. Hoping to further explore her interest in the science and engineering of the body in movement, Amy looks forward to continuing work on some of her own projects.
Juan Casado Y Barton
Juan was always interested in dance and began his dance education aged 16, taking Capoeira classes with Senzala Scotland at Dance Base. At 18, he was covering classes throughout Edinburgh and Aberdeen including at Dance Base. After spending a month in Brazil and travelling extensively with Capoeira, he began taking ballet classes for fun and was encouraged to audition for dance schools.
During his training at Performing Arts Studio Scotland, he completed a summer internship with Trisha Brown Dance Company, learning repertoire with ex- and current company dancers and developing an interest in Zen Imagery exercises. In 2014, after graduating with a 1st Class Honours in Dance, he worked with QDOS Entertainment for one year, on board the Queen Elizabeth for Cunard ship. Now returning to Edinburgh, he wishes to explore his interest in using dance as a tool for education, entertainment and expression.
He hopes to use the scheme as an opportunity to research and create his own work and refine his methods in teaching while expanding his horizons and finding opportunity to create bonds between Scotland and the outside world.
Originally from Lancashire, England, he started dance training aged 16 and went on to study Choreography at Falmouth University. Choreographically, he is interested in creating movement which fuses urban and contemporary styles.
He is interested in the relationship between dance, music and film. He has performed in music videos and dance films and is now looking to expand his knowledge behind the camera, and to create movement that is specifically created to be performed on screen. He spends his time improving his knowledge of film production, notably post-production techniques, as a means of enhancing movement happening on camera.
Pirita is originally from Finland and during a Dance Base residency in June 2015, she fell in love with Scotland and Edinburgh, so decided to move to Edinburgh the next year. She grew up in Lapland's capital Rovaniemi, situated right on Arctic Circle, and moved to Oulu when starting school. She has a wide background in dance training and her passion lies in the performing arts.
Pirita graduated in Dance Teaching from Oulu University of Applied Sciences. During her studies she also went on exchange to Netherlands Fontys Dance Academy, studying Dance Theatre and Modern Dance.
After school she started up her own company, which has given the chance to grow as a teacher and test all her ideas and possibilities in dance teaching and performing. Currently she is taking time to concentrate on growing as an artist, on developing her skills and on discovering different possibilities in dance.
Find out more about Pirita at piritatuisku.blogspot.fi.