Citymoves Dance Agency Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Dance Development Manager | Higher Dance & Residencies
Dance Development Manager | Outreach & Education
Jill joined us in September 2019. She has a passion for dance and all things marketing. With over 20 years experience in design and brand Jill is key to keeping Citymoves up to date with all things social media and communications.
Dance Development Coordinator
Hip-Hop music pioneer M.C. AJET, known by is his stage name M.C. aka Millennium Child is a Hip-Hop recording artist as well as a Hip-Hop Choreographer.
A music fan from the start, M.C. started dancing at age 4 and then started writing songs and working as a DJ in his teens. He has choreographed and worked with many artist over the years. With all the success his proudest work will be working with children and young people in schools and the community. He is currently working on Project Strive for Citymoves and also back in the studio recording his second album out summer 2020. In his spare time he develops projects for educational services for children and young people as well as writing the sequel for his highly successful play Imagine Dat – The Hip-Hopera, which was shown to a sold out crowds in theatres around Scotland.
Wako is a hip hop dancer from Aberdeen via Kenya.
Freestyling is his favourite thing to do, and watching people surprise him with moves he’s taught in class never gets old.
He’s currently part of Project Strive, leading sessions at st Machar Academy and Allan Douglas Park.
Éowyn is a Canadian born choreographer, dancer, and teacher; currently based in Aberdeen, Scotland; who was hailed by
The Times as “a talent to watch.” Her company Éowyn Emerald & Dancers is based in Aberdeen.
She received her B.F.A. in contemporary dance and choreography from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied closely with Dianne Markham. She has also received training from The Juilliard School, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Utah Regional Ballet and the RDA Craft of Choreography. Her very early training includes the Goh Ballet, the Academy of Ballet Arts, Columbia Dance Company, and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Her teaching experience is diverse in ages and levels as well as dance styles and techniques.
Éowyn Emerald Barrett
Hazel has been delivering exercises classes as a freelance tutor since 1985 and for the last 26 years has delivered classes aimed at more mature participants. She joined Citymoves in 1996 bringing with her the Samantics class to create the Mature Moves class, some members of the original class still attend on Wednesday mornings.
She qualified as an instructor with the Scottish Swedish Exercise Association. In 1990, she added Extend to her qualifications in order to teach those with learning and/or physical difficulties. In 1992 she subsequently worked with Samantha Lee in the development of Samantics, sponsored by Grampian Health Board and Aberdeen Milk Marketing Board. The Samantics programme was developed as fitness training for the over 50’s. To further her skills with the Over 60’s she qualified as an Otago Tutor in 2012. Otago is designed for strength and balance as a retraining programme in the prevention of trips and falls. The skills she learnt at dance school as a child and young adult, plus her Ballroom skills, developed in the late 1990s, have been beneficial in delivering the FitSteps (2013) and SOSA (2018) dance exercise programmes.
“P.S. The only qualification you need to join my classes is a big smile and a promise to enjoy yourself – please.”
Director for: Higher Dance Programme
Jonathan Krebs has performed with Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, BodyVox, Josie Moseley Dance, tEEth, Troika Ranch, POV, Polaris Dance Theatre, Rainbow Dance Theatre, Opera Pacific, The Atlanta Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, The Portland Opera, and The Blue Man Group.
He has worked in Marketing and Programming for White Bird, The Portland Ballet, and BodyVox in Portland, and The Joyce Theater in New York City.
He is a chartered physiotherapist, a STOTT Pilates® certified instructor and a graduate of Robert Gordon University and Western Oregon University.
Director for: Bring It Boys, Pulse, QuickSilver, Step Forward
Wai-Lum trained at the Urdang Academy of Ballet and Performing Arts from 1985-1988 in London.
In a brief career as a dancer Wai-Lum worked in pantos, dancing mainly jazz. And has also been with Opera Northern and Re-animators Dance.
After working in the oil industry for five years Gillian decided to pursue her dream of becoming a dance teacher. She went on to study Dance full time in England where she gained a distinction in vocational exam Advanced 2 Modern. Whilst in London Gillian attended workshops lead by Darcey Bussell at RAD Head Quarters to become a fully qualified DDMIX Instructor.
Since returning to Aberdeen Gillian has completed her ISTD Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) in Modern Theatre and become a fully certified Acrobatic Arts teacher all whilst retraining with The Royal Academy of Dance for a certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.
Matthew has studied Taijiquan (T'ai Chi Ch'uan) and Qigong (Chi Kung) since 1998 with his teacher Tina Faulkner Elders at the Ruyi School of Taijiquan and Qigong. His personal training continues with the Ruyi School and includes regular month-long training trips with Master Chen Li Sheng at Wudang Mountain in China.
Matthew has been teaching for over four years now and works in Aberdeen holding regular classes with Alzheimer Scotland, NHS at Frederick Street and the Confucius Institute, University of Aberdeen.
Teegan Kollmann was born in Toronto, Canada where she began her professional ballet training at the age of 11 at Canada’s National Ballet School. After her graduation, she continued to study dance at a post-secondary level receiving her Bachelor of Dance from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, The Netherlands in 2010. She was subsequently engaged by Munich’s Bavarian State Ballet (Bayerisches Staatsballett) under the direction of Ivan Liška where she danced as a member of the corps de ballet for 5 years. It was during this time that she performed both nationally and internationally in classical and contemporary works by world-famous choreographers such as John Cranko, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe and Merce Cunningham. Teegan went on to dance for The Ballet of South Bohemian Theatre in Budweis, Czech Republic and later worked as a freelance ballet teacher in Berlin, Germany. She is currently studying full-time towards a Master of Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University.
Greig Matthews joined the Joffrey in 2017.
Mr. Matthews was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he was educated at Lamour School of Dance, the Dance School of Scotland (Glasgow), and at Royal Ballet Upper School in London. From 2009 to 2011, he performed several times with The Royal Ballet. In 2011, he joined the Wiener Staatsballett where he was appointed Demi-soloist in 2012.
Read more about Greig on The Joffery Ballet site.
Kirsty is 24 years old and has danced for most of her life. She has experience in a variety of styles including tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary. In 2012, she auditioned for the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee. Here, she trained for four years and obtained a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance Performance. After finishing college, she has been fortunate enough to work with a variety of choreographers and found her love for teaching. She started assisting with Creative Movement and from there, she has been able to assist in classes for children and adults with assisted needs. Now she has a few of her own classes including over 50’s and 4-6 year old’s; She’s covering every age range and loving every minute. “I look forward to what opportunities come my way next.”
Fusion Youth Dance Company
Royal Scottish Country
Natalia Pawelska is a hip-hop dancer and choreographer based in Aberdeen.
“For me dance is like a medicine. Makes you positive, gives you energy, teaches you how to be confident but also patient. In my class, I’ll introduce you to all hip-hop styles and let you have fun with the routines.”
Natalia has taken part in international competitions and The Opening Ceremony of Euro 2010 in Poland. Also a dancer and choreographer in AUDS dance society, has undertaken workshops from Kendrick Sandy, Galen Hooks, Salah, Willda- Beast, Dytto, Ysabelle Capitule and many more dance influencers.
Melissa is the creator of Third Eye: Creating Sacred Space For Conscious Living. She offers a mix of Vinyasa Yoga, Sacred Cacao Ceremonies, Moon Gatherings and Ecstatic Dance Events. She also has an Online Store selling various goods to support your Yoga practise, conscious lifestyle and spiritual practises. Her vision is to offer guidance and support to help teach people how to live more in alignment with their truest selves and the cycles of nature. Heavily influenced by Mayan culture and astrology, often weaving these elements into her teachings and offerings. Her yoga classes are playful, insightful and energetic, matching her own inquisitive and joyful approach to life.
More information on her website.
Tap Dance (Monday)
Irish Dance (Monday)
Synergy Community Performance Company
Citymoves Board of Directors
Karen Hailes, Gerry Harwood, Anna Heintze, Jonathan Krebs,
Alison McKay, Scott Styles, Stephanie Walker, Ed Walton