2019 Tour

Choreographers

Andrew McNicol

Andrew McNicolBritish choreographer Andrew McNicol began choreographing at The Royal Ballet School where he won the Kenneth MacMillan choreographic competition and completed formal studies through Ballet Central’s Professional Choreographic Programme. (MA)

He has created work for well-known companies and organisations such as The Royal Ballet in London, The Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium), Northern Ballet, The London Olympics, New English Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet School, Juice Opera among others.

He was invited twice to created work for The New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet and has participated in dance lines, a Royal Opera House choreographic initiative.

Most recently he was awarded the 2018 Choreographic Fellowship with BalletX, Philadelphia, which will culminate in a new creation for their 2018 summer season.

His latest endeavour, The McNicol Ballet Collective was launched in 2017 as a collaborative European project to create experimental new works that draw on the artists’ collective experiences.

The Press:
“Moving, memorable ballet...unfolds with canny clarity and much passion” Deborah Weiss, Dance Europe
“Andrew really is someone to watch” Sir Peter Wright, Wrights&Wrongs, My Life in Dance
“Stand-out piece” - The Stage
"Impressive young choreographer, musical and fully engaged" - Jann Parry
“Imaginative and effective approach...well crafted” - bachtrack.com


Ashley Page OBE

Ashley Page OBETrained at the Royal Ballet Schools, entering the Royal Ballet Company in 1975 and becoming a Principal dancer in 1984. Choreographer since 1984, creating many works for the Royal Ballet and other companies and developing a reputation for often daring collaborations with designers and composers. His ballet Fearful Symmetries won both an Olivier Award and Time Out Dance Award in 1994/95.

After 27 years at Covent Garden he became Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, re-energising and re-developing them into an internationally renowned modern ballet company over a 10 year period, winning numerous awards and attracting critical acclaim and new audiences.

Since 2012 he has been freelancing as a choreographer and opera director, working with many ballet, contemporary dance and opera companies in the UK and internationally.

Awards include:
OBE 2006
Honorary Doctorate / Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2012
De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement / National Dance Awards 2012
Herald Angel Award / Edinburgh International Festival 2011


Cameron McMillan

Cameron McMillanCameron McMillan is a London based choreographer and dance artist working across ballet, contemporary and commercial fields. Raised in New Zealand and trained at the Australian Ballet School, he danced leading roles for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and English National Ballet before expanding into contemporary dance at Rambert, and subsequently freelance, including Sydney Dance Company, Bonachela Dance Company and Sadler's Wells amongst others.

With work of ‘fierce invention..’ (The Guardian) that asks to ’sit-up and take notice..' (Donald Hutera), he creates both independent work and commissions including; The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Balett Pécs, Brisbane Festival (collaboration with Queensland Ballet/Dance North/EDC), ROH2, Dance East, Ignition Dance Festival, Palucca University for Dance, English National Ballet/Big Dance, ENB School, and HfMDK ZuKT Frankfurt. He has been Rehearsal Director for Ballet Boyz, Associate Artist for Dance East, Artist in Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and he was the first dance artist to receive the New Generation Award by the New Zealand Arts Foundation.


Mikaela Polley

Mikaela PolleyBorn in Hadleigh, Essex Mikaela began her early dance training at local dancing schools. From the age of 13 she regularly attended classes at Central School of Ballet and at 16 took up her full time training at The Royal Ballet Upper School (RBS).

In 1990 Mikaela joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) and went on to become a Soloist with the company performing in a vast array of repertory. It was performing in contemporary works by choreographers Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and Hans van Manen that drew Mikaela to explore a career in contemporary dance. In 2001 she joined Rambert where she performed works by Christopher Bruce, Jiri Kylian, Wayne McGregor, Javier de Frutos, Merce Cunningham, Kim Brandstrup and Mark Baldwin amongst others.

From 2008 - 2018 Mikaela worked as Rehearsal Director and then Senior Rehearsal Director at Rambert. She assisted on over 30 productions, including Bruce's revival of Rooster and Ghost Dances, the restaging Itzik Galili's A Linha Curva and alongside Jeannie Steele on the staging of Merce Cunningham's Sounddance, Rainforest and Rambert Event.

As a choreographer Mikaela has created work for Resolution, ROH2, Ballet Central, Elmhurst School for Dance, English National Ballet School (ENBS) and in 2015 choreographed Nexus as part of Spring Celebration - A showcase of British Dance Training - a collaboration with Central, Elmhurst, ENBS and the RBS which was performed to a specially commissioned score by Philip Feeney. Two of her works have entered the Rambert repertoire - Momenta and Two solos as a tribute to Norman Morrice.

Since becoming freelance in 2018 Mikaela has choreographed for both The Royal Ballet School and Rambert Summer Intensives, been a guest teacher at Rambert, Gothenburg Danskompani, Michael Clark Company, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Company Wayne McGregor as well as teaching, mentoring and choreographing across a variety of dance schools and colleges in London and the South East.


Costume Designer

Rosie Whiting

Rosie WhitingRosie has a BA (Hons) in Performance Costume from Edinburgh College of Art. She has since gained specialist training in costume design for dance as a participant in “Clothes and Choreography: An interdisciplinary research” at Oslo National Academy for the Arts and then as Graduate Intern in the costume department at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has worked with choreographers including Joss Arnott, Sara Wookey, Zoi Dimitriou, Hagit Yakira and Bim Malcolmson.

Theatre credits include: “Papercuts” at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, “A Midsummer Summer Nights Dream” by Gin and Tonic Productions and “Usynlige Grenser” by Oyteateret. Short film credits include: “Gothic Boy” (selected for London Short Film Festival and British Shorts Film Festival, Berlin), “Entertainment” (selected for Royal Scottish Academy, New Contemporaries) and “Plastic Man” (part of Scottish Documentary Institute: Bridging the Gap)


Rehearsal Director

Louise Bennett

Louise BennettLouise Bennett trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced with English National Ballet, the Norwegian National Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet. She now works on a freelance basis as a ballet teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director, and manager.

Louise has worked as rehearsal director for Sisters Grimm (choreographers: Helen Pickett and James Cousins) and Richard Chappell Dance. She teaches ballet classes at companies including New Adventures, Company Wayne McGregor, Rambert and Ballet Black, as well as at vocational schools and open studios across London. She has also taught internationally at companies including Zurich Ballet and Zfin Malta.

As a choreographer, Louise has created pieces for a range of schools, companies and freelance projects, including Tring Park, National Youth Ballet, The Royal Ballet School and Ballet Central, and she was selected to take part in Wayne McGregor’s ‘Dancelines’ choreographic workshop at The Royal Opera House.