Our vision is that young people will create the ballet of the future.

Mikah Smillie

Mikah has been involved with the National Youth Ballet for over ten years and specifically helped develop Beyond Ballet.  In October 2016 she was appointed as Artistic Director, having been taken under the wing of the late Jill Tookey in previous Seasons.

She began her training in Scotland before she graduated from The Royal Ballet School.  (RBS TTC dip.  ARAD, AISTD, Solo Seal)  Her professional career as a soloist began with Nurnberg Ballet, Ballet Dortmund, Tanzwerk Nurnberg, Rotterdam Dance Company and Phoenix Dance Company performing a vast range of choreographic repertoire.

Mikah went onto join Sir Matthew Bourne’s Company “New Adventures” and for the next 10 years she performed a variety of character principal roles including Edward Scissorhands, Cinderella, Highland Fling, Nutcracker and Early Adventures.  During that time she toured extensively across the UK, Europe, America, Japan, Korea and Australia.

Following a 20 year professional dancing career Mikah was selected to participate in the Dance UK Mentorship Programme for future leaders within the arts and subsequently appointed as an Associate Artist for Re:Bourne.  She 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.

She is passionate about dance pedagogy and currently lectures in dance on the BA Modern Ballet and BA / MA Musical Theatre courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

She has 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 Closing Ceremony at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, 2014 and the Opening Ceremony at the European Games in Baku, 2015.  For film Mikah performed in the hit film “Sunshine on Leith” was 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.

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Mikah Smillie
Artistic Director