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

Mikah Smillie

Mikah was appointed as Artistic Director in 2016, having previously been taken under the directorial wing of the late Jill Tookey in the previous Season.

She began her training at Dansarena Studios, Scotland before graduating in 1996 from The Royal Ballet School (RBS TTC dip ARAD, AISTD, Solo Seal). She began her professional career as a Soloist with ballet and contemporary companies in Germany, Holland and the UK, performing a vast range of choreographic repertoire. Mikah went on to join Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, and for the next 10 years performed a variety of Character Principal Roles in productions including Cinderella, Early Adventures,
Edward Scissorhands, Highland Fling and Nutcracker and toured extensively.

Following a 20 year professional dancing career, Mikah has worked extensively as a rehearsal director and was selected to participate in the Dance UK Mentorship Programme for future leaders within the arts. Mikah lecturers on the BA Modern Ballet and BA/MA Musical Theatre courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is also a freelance dance photographer.

Performance Career

Character Principal with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures (2004 – 2016)

Soloist with Nurnberg Ballet | Ballet Dortmund |Tanzwerk Nurnberg | Rotterdam Dance Company | Phoenix Dance Company | The McOnie Company.

Creative Portfolio

Rehearsal Director for Re:Bourne | New Adventures | Highland Fling for Scottish Ballet | Ballet Ireland | The McOnie Company and Turner Prize winner Martin Creed.

Mass Movement Choreographer for the Queen’s Birthday Parade and Performance Captain for the Closing Ceremony of The Commonwealth Games 2014 and Opening Ceremony at the European Games in Baku 2015.

Choreographer for the Critic’s Choice Television Series Outlander for Starz TV, Dance Captain for the BAFTA award winning TV show Still Game Live for the BBC and creative in hit film Sunshine on Leith (Dexter Fletcher).

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Mikah Smillie
Artistic Director