MGA Stage Academies run regular Friday evening and Saturday schools with training in Acting, Singing and Dance for students aged 8 and up.
Stage Academies enable young people in the Edinburgh area to explore the world of Performing Arts in a professional, fun and safe environment, led by experienced and enthusiastic tutors. With top-quality levels of tuition, students at Stage Academies learn and grow as performers, and people, through hard work, determination and – most of all – fun! We are not a franchise, and want to bring the very best of opportunities that MGA can offer to each and every one of our students: ‘quality, not quantity’!
Stage Academies sessions runs at the MGA building – 207 Balgreen Road, Edinburgh.
Friday session: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Saturday session: 1.30pm to 4.30pm
What is Stage Academies all about?
On stage or off, Stage Academies enable young people to explore the world of Performing Arts through imagination, co-operation and dedication. There are lots of reasons young people join MGA Stage Academies – it’s a chance to meet new friends, to build on an ambition of a career in Performing Arts, an opportunity to build self-confidence, or simply something exciting to do outside school!
Classes are aimed at young people from the age of 8 and upwards – approx P3 up to S2 – and run parallel with local school terms. Based in our fantastic studio facilities, three groups arranged by age rotate round classes in Acting, Singing and Dancing during a three-hour session.
At the end of every ten-week term parents and guardians are welcomed into the Academy to watch a presentation of the students’ work in progress. At the end of the Christmas term students are given the opportunity to perform in A Christmas Wish, MGA’s annual Christmas concert at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.
Every member of our teaching team joins us because of a desire to work with young people and to help them fulfil their artistic potential. Our tutors are all respected practitioners in their own areas of expertise. We believe our students respond better to youthful and energetic class leaders, so tutors are carefully selected not only for their specialist skills, but also for their personality, enthusiasm and ability to relate to young people.
Junior School Tutors
Mark was born and raised in the North East of Scotland, where his passion for performing and dance began. Starting his dance training at Edinburgh’s Telford College, Mark then continued on to London Studio Centre to finish his training.
Mark has performed all over the world from Europe to Australia to the US. He was recently seen on HMT stage as part of QDOS Pantomines, and has been part of the QDOS family for over four years now, including playing the role of Prince Charming in Cinderella. He is currently working on projects for NTS, Make a Wish, PAH8 LTD, Befriend A Child and many other corporate and professional events.
He started his professional career working for Disneyland Paris in the world premiere of Animagique. He was a dancer/aerialist in Tarzan, Encore and The Lion King for Disney in Tokyo and Florida. Mark has danced around the world with cruise lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Transocean Tours, Princess Cruises and P&O Australia as a dancer, dancer/singer and Dance Captain. He worked with Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas, Michael Curry in Paris, William Forsyth in Australia and was Dance Captain on the Best of the Musicals Germany Tour.
Mark has choreographed for many Scottish and UK companies. He has worked as a dance tutor/choreographer for Scottish Youth Theatre in Aberdeen and Glasgow and also Stagecoach UK. He has choreographed many corporate events in the UK and Europe such as mary queen of scots, Hamlet, Chevron Oil, Barclays Bank, Bacardi, trend Magazine, BG group, Hannah Mileys Farewell and many more. He has recently set up his own corporate entertainment company called Mark Cameron Dance which is doing well and has choreographed and produced many events in the past year. His company also provides first dance and hen party events – find out more at www.markcamerondance.com
TV and film work includes Braveheart, Vodafone, Corona, Bacardi, D2 Clothing, Asda, Barclays Bank and a few music videos.
Mark teaches various styles of dance from musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballroom and many more at various locations in and around Scotland and the UK. He is teaching jazz, musical theatre, singing and contemporary for both youths and adults at MGA’s Stage Acadamies, Creative Stage the Aberdeen Academy of Dance, Scottish Youth Theatre and a few theatre groups around Scotland. He also runs his own classes for youths all over Scotland and has a vast experience in teaching both adult and kids.
David is a theatre director, facilitator and tutor based in Glasgow. Having trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, his practice is rooted in ensemble and collaboration.
David has worked with some of Scotland’s most renowned theatre companies and directed award-nominated shows for venues ranging from the Edinburgh Fringe to Singapore.
As a facilitator he’s worked across Scotland, always aiming to give young people the right tools to support their own individual development.
Natalie trained at London Studio Centre, on the Classical Ballet programme, and graduated in 2005 from Images of Dance, the graduate company of London Studio Centre.
After graduating, she performed for a few years in Estonia in the Vanemuine Theatre, as well as other eastern European Ballet companies, where she performed in many classical ballets, as well as modern works and regularly danced in the operas.
Natalie then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dance and embarked on the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma programme, graduating in 2011. She is an RAD-registered teacher and teaches freelance across Scotland at many different schools, including The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and New College Lanarkshire.
Natalie has gained a large wealth of experience and now wants to share this, in order to teach and train students to the highest standards. Natalie also owns her own Ballet school, which she opened in 2017 in Glasgow.
Sarah studied acting and Musical Theatre at Edinburgh’s Telford College and continued her training at Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret Universities to gain her degree in Acting for Stage and Screen.
Since then Sarah has performed and worked on various projects within Edinburgh and Fife.
Sarah teaches among many Youth Drama and Musical Theatre schools through-out the Lothians and Fife, and enjoys passing on all she can to the future generation within the Arts.
Our guest tutors have included:
- Emma Canon – Actress and Musical Theatre Performer
- Kevin Doody – Actor and Musical Theatre Performer
- Abigail Welford – Actress and Musical Theatre Performer
- Tamlyn Platts – Casting Director, Agent and Performer
- Sam Archer – Contemporary Dancer
- Grace Warner – Actress and Musical Theatre Performer
- Jerome Knols – Dancer and Musical Theatre Performer
- Tracy Geltman – Theatre Company Manager (USA)
- Jodie Oliver – Musical Director
- Dominic Carter – Musical Director
Students are required to wear a black MGA hoodie, available to purchase online at thetheatrestore.com, and black jazz pants, a black vest or leotard and black jazz shoes.
If you would like to apply for places at one of our Academies for your children then please press the Register Now button and fill in a short online form. Alternatively we can send you an enrolment pack or answer any questions, just get in touch with the Part-time School team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MGA Academy reception on 0330 058 0656.