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
Jazz Tutor – Stage Academies
Mark was born and raised in the North East of Scotland, where his passion for performing and dance began. Started his training at the Edinburgh’s Telford College, He finished his dance training at London Studio Centre.
Mark has performed all over the world from Europe to Australia to the US. 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. TV and film credits include: Braveheart, Vodafone, Corona, Bacardi, D2 Clothing, Asda, Barclays Bank and various music videos.
Mark was recently seen on HMT stage as part of QDOS Pantomines, and has been part of the QDOS family for over four years now. Roles include dancer and cover Captain Hook, and Prince Charming in Cinderella.
Mark has choreographed for many Scottish and UK companies. He has recently just set up his own corporate entertainment company called Mark Cameron Dance which has choreographed and produced many events – www.markcamerondance.com. His company also provides first dance and hen party events. He has choreographed many corporate events in the UK and Europe including Mary Queen of Scots, Hamlet, Chevron Oil, Barclays Bank, Bacardi, Trend magazine, BG group, Hannah Miley’s Farewell and many more.
Mark recently worked with ‘Follow Your Dreams’ Dance Competitions as a judge for their UK tour dates and is excited to be attending Nationals in London. He is currently working on projects for Beyond Broadway Productions, Make a Wish, RGU University, Befriend A Child and many other corporate and professional events. Alongside his work with Stage Academies, Mark teaches a range of styles of Dance – including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary – and Singing around Scotland and the UK, including at Maybe studios and for Fierce Theatre Schools Edinburgh, Creative Stage, Centre Stage of Performing Arts, the Aberdeen Academy of Dance, Scotrail and other Scottish theatre groups. He also runs his own classes for young people all over Scotland and has vast experience in teaching both adult and kids.
Singing tutor – Stage Academies
Ross graduated from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in 2013 with an HND in Musical Theatre. From here he went on to perform in various European destinations.
Since returning home, Ross now works full time in music, teaching voice and guitar lessons privately as well as leading choirs and musical direction for various productions.
Past productions have included Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago, Jack and the Beanstalk (pantomime) and Jesus Christ Superstar, to name a few.
Ross still performs regularly, playing in various function bands, pit work and promoting his own solo work throughout Scotland.
Acting Tutor – Stage Academies
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 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 from Reception at the MGA Academy, and black jazz pants, a black vest or leotard and black jazz shoes.
MGA-branded uniform is available from Dancewear of Edinburgh, on Rose Street.
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.