Mikah Smillie

Mikah Smillie

Artistic Director

Mikah began her training in Scotland before graduating from the The Royal Ballet School. (RBS TTC dip. ARAD, AISTD, Solo Seal) She began her professional career as a soloist with Nurnberg Ballet, Ballet Dortmund, Tanzwerk Nurnberg, Rotterdam Dance Company and Phoenix Dance Company performing a vast range of choreographic repertoire. Mikah then went on to join Matthew Bournes New Adventures and for the next 10 years performed a variety of Character Principal Roles in productions including , Edward Scissorhands , Cinderella, Highland Fling , Nutcracker! and Early Adventures. Mikah has toured extensively across the UK, Europe, America, Japan , Korea and Australia.

Following a 20 year professional dancing career Mikah was selected to take part in the Dance UK Mentorship Programme for future leaders within the arts and was subsequently appointed as an Associate Artist for RE;Bourne.

Mikah has worked extensively as a rehearsal director with, Re:Bourne, New Adventures, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, The McOnie Company and for Turner Prize winner Martin Creed on Work 1020 at Sadler’s Wells.

Mikah also has a passion for dance pedagogy and currently lecturers in dance on the BA Modern Ballet and BA/MA Musical Theatre courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Mikah has had vast experience working with a mixture of both professional dancers and creative young people in major arena events , film and television. She was mass movement choreographer for the Queen’s Birthday Parade, performance Captain for the Closing Ceremony of The Commonwealth Games 2014 and the opening ceremony at the European Games in Baku 2015.

For film Mikah has performed in the hit film 'Sunshine on Leith', Dance Captain for the BAFTA award winning TV show 'Still Game Live' for the BBC, alongside choreographing for the Critic’s Choice Television Series ' Outlander' for Starz TV.

Mikah has been involved with National Youth Ballet of Great Britain over the past decade and assisted in developing the Beyond Ballet Mentoring platform, an exciting platform for young choreographers. She was appointed as Artistic Director in 2016, having been taken under the directorial wing of the late Jill Tookey in previous Seasons.