With a combined wealth of knowledge and experience spanning the health, wellbeing, fitness, music and entertainment sectors, our professional team of Leaders pride themselves on making the danceSing experience both fun and accessible to all who participate.
Whether you’re looking to maintain or develop your fitness, or simply socialise and make new friends, Team danceSing will be there to support you every step of the way.
Founder, Director and Dance Leader
Natalie trained as a professional ballet dancer at the English National Ballet School and has performed with Scottish Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre. She is qualified as a trainer in many exercise programmes including fitness, nutrition, weight management, exercise counselling and stress management.
Natalie has created danceSing for everyone, She is passionate about improving people’s overall wellbeing through dance and singing. Her exuberance and love of dance has brought joy to many people of all ages and abilities.
Claire is an experienced project manager and business intelligence analyst with extensive experience across a wide range of business planning environments and sectors, including: Private; Local Government; Civil Service; Housing; and Higher Education. Claire has worked with some of the leading organisations in the UK (and beyond) including Proctor and Gamble and Durham University.
Claire has been a consultant for danceSing since February 2018 before formally joining the company as Development Director in April 2019. Claire is primarily responsible for overseeing business development and operational growth of the company, its resources and assets. Claire is passionate about creating a five-star experience and delivering excellent customer service.
Claire’s mission is to help danceSing go from strength to strength… oh and to learn how to sing and dance herself! The latter of which she is definitely finding more challenging!
Musical Director and Music Leader
Lindsay Ashworth Fraser trained as a musician at University of Strathclyde and in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has worked as a freelance musician, actor, singer and voiceover artist for over 10 years.
She has performed in plays, musicals and pantos throughout the country and also worked for many years as a session singer in London where she was lucky enough to sing for some of the world’s leading film composers at Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst and Angel Studios. If you hear a choir on a Dreamworks animation, chances are Lindsay’s voice is in there somewhere!
Since moving back to Glasgow and having her son, Lindsay has grown her own business onlineMD, which provides musical support to some of the UK’s top theatre performers and launched vintage vocal trio The St. Andrews’ Sisters with fellow danceSing Leader Amy Scott.
Lindsay was delighted to have the opportunity to join danceSing in 2016 as a Musical Leader and 2019 will bring new challenges as the team expands and she takes on her new role as Musical Director. She will work to support the other Leaders to ensure consistently high-quality teaching across all the classes as well as continuing to source a varied repertoire of music for our clients to sing.
Alan is a musical director and composer based in Edinburgh. Alan trained at the RSAMD (now the Conservatoire) and has worked or performed in almost every theatre in Scotland.
Alan composes music for theatre and television, and has a large catalogue of music for children, including for his website and Youtube channel “Choonbaboon”.
Though classically trained, Alan is pop obsessed, with an astonishing knowledge of cheesy 70’s and 80’s music!
Gill started her training at Dansarena Studios in Ayr before moving down to London to complete a BA Honours Degree in Dance and Musical Theatre Performance at Bird College.
After graduating college Gill worked various performing jobs in the UK and abroad before landing a job with Carnival Cruise Line. Starting off as a dancer/singer in 2007 she progressed to Senior Cast Manager for their new Playlist Production shows. During this time she was lucky enough to work alongside amazing West End, Broadway and commercial choreographers and directors throughout the conception of many new shows and spent 11 years cruising the world. Gill has also completed a Level 2 Exercise To Music fitness qualification and has always been interested in all aspects of fitness and wellbeing.
Music Leader and Composer
Karen is a piano player, arranger and composer who has spent the majority of her career encouraging music participation in people’s lives. Karen was head of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra education department and eventually returned to her first love as a musician in dance, returning to Scottish Ballet.
A the Scottish Ballet Karen works with the dancers, and also teaches piano improvisation at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for Piano in Dance Masters course.
Singing Teacher & Vocal Coach
Tenor Alan Beck studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He later won the entrance scholarship to the Postgraduate Opera Course at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1995 Alan won the British Wagner Society Singing Competition at Covent Garden and was subsequently awarded the society's Bayreuth Bursary. Later that year, he also won the Wolfgang Wagner Singing Competition in London in front of Dr Wagner and Dame Gwyneth Jones.
He made his operatic début in 1995 for Opera Ireland and was a principal tenor with the State Opera, Stuttgart from 1996 to 2002, singing many roles in the German and central European repertoire. Alan has also sung principal tenor roles for Lyric Opera Dublin and the Carl Rosa Opera and in 2002 he made his début as Siegmund in Wagner's Die Walküre at the London Coliseum for English National Opera. Most recently he has been busy singing with Welsh National Opera as Bacchus in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and appearing as Eisenstein in Haddo House Opera's 60th anniversary production of Die Fledermaus.
Alan has sung all over the world and is much in demand on the Burns circuit where he has sung in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Wellington, Christchurch, Aukland, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Tampa, Houston, Vancouver, Winnepeg, Toronto, Mexico City, Santo Domingo, Asturias, Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Vilnius, Brussels, Belfast, London and all over Scotland.
As a Music educator Alan has directed the choir of the Junior RNCM, received Creative Scotland commissions for three children's musicals - Tall Ships' Tales, Let The Games Begin and Great Scots - all of which were taught as Music units in many different Primary schools and written the theme song for Education Scotland's singing strategy Singing To Learn: Learning To Sing.
He lives in Greenock with his wife Polly and their two sons.
Singing Teacher & Vocal Coach
Liverpool-born, Polly lives in Greenock. She studied at the RSAMD, and later won the entrance scholarship to the postgraduate Opera Course at the RNCM where she achieved her MMus and won many prizes and awards including the Peter Moores Foundation Award, the Countess of Munster Prize and the D’Oyle Carte Scholarship.
Polly later returned to Scotland to work with Scottish Opera. As a soloist Polly has sung with several UK orchestras, and appeared in many festivals throughout the country, including the 40th anniversary Aldeburgh Festival.
Her operatic roles include many of the great Wagnerian heroines such as Sieglinde and Brangäne. More recently she has sung with Lyric Opera Dublin and for the Royal Opening of the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock.
Polly has many years teaching experience. She taught Singing, as well as Performance classes, at the Junior RNCM and at Scottish Opera Education Department. Currently she enjoys her role as a Vocal Instructor for Inverclyde Music Service, teaching Voice and Performance Skills. She is also Vocal Coach for Inverclyde Senior Choir, and has contributed on the committee of the Inverclyde Festival.
Polly also teaches singing for the University of Glasgow, the Junior Conservatoire of the RCS, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and is the Vocal coach for the RSNO Chorus.
Mairi trained as a music teacher, and since graduating in 1994, her career has included work as a teacher, musical director, arranger, accompanist and composer. She currently teaches part time in a Secondary school, alongside other freelance commitments.
Credits as a musical director range from ‘Sweeney Todd’ to ‘Summer Holiday’, working with both adult and youth theatre companies. Mairi also composed the music for the plays ‘Mother of all the Peoples’ and ‘Five Pound and Twa Bairns’ which were performed in Aberdeen, Dundee Rep, the Byre and the Mitchell Theatre with Hame Productions.
Nicola began her professional training at the Scottish ballet school, and later went on to train in musical theatre for 3 years at Bird college of performing arts.
Nicola had her first taste of performing professionally at the age of 11 in the musical Annie,
After leaving college Nicola performed in numerous pantos before getting her first big break in Andrew Lloyd Webbers original cast of Sunset blvd, at the Adelphi Theatre. She went on to appear in numerous west end show’s including: Oliver( London Palladium); Martin Guerre (Prince Edward theatre); Damn Yankees (Adelphi Theatre); Maddie (Lyric Theatre); DR Dolittle (Apollo Hammersmith); Whittington (saddlers wells); My Fair Lady( Drury lane) Beautiful and Damned (lyric Theatre); Mary Poppins ( Prince Edward); Nicola also went on tour with the musical Grease playing the role of Frenchy, and My Fair Lady where she was Dance captain.
Other credits include: South Pacific (National Theatre) and Twelfth night, Cymboline, and H.M.S Pinafore (regents park open air theatre) Beauty and the Beast (R.S.C Stratford).
Nicola can be seen in the film version of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream coat and has recorded many voice overs for Scottish T.V and Radio.
Over the past few years Nicola has devoted her time to Teaching, teaching in Nursery’s and schools, she has her A.I.S.T.D in Ballet and Modern, and has a cache level 1 qualification in Child development.
Katie began training in her hometown of Dumfries where her love for dance began, she then moved to Edinburgh to train professionally at Performing Arts Studio Scotland where she attained her BA Honours Degree in Dance.
As well as studying for her degree, Katie has taught and performed with companies such as Active Schools and David Lloyd Leisure to deliver dance classes. During this time, Katie performed on the Kings Theatre and Festival Theatre and secured an internship with the Netherlands Dance Theatre, performing with a world class contemporary dance company.
Katie has travelled across the globe and was inspired to work in Portugal as a Dance Teacher, managing her own studio in Vilamoura. Katie is currently studying for her Masters in Degree in Public Health and Health Promotion and is inspired to grow her knowledge of human health, tying this in with dance, and is inspired to share the wonderful benefits of this art form.
Anne graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a music education degree in 2007, studying voice with Jean Webster. Since then she has worked in secondary schools, as an accompanist, as a piano tutor for the University of Aberdeen, as a musicianship teacher and vocal tutor for NYCoS, as a freelance teacher and as a class teacher for Rhythm Time.
Anne has been involved with various theatre groups in Aberdeen as a musical director, rehearsal pianist and pit musician. She has appeared on stage in principal and ensemble roles. She sings with Con Anima chamber choir and has also worked with them as a conductor. She has recently started a school choir at her children's primary school.
Lauren has over twenty years of dance experience; as both a professional artist, and as a teacher. In 2014 Lauren and her dance partner Nicola Thomson were awarded the National title of Scotland’s Best Dance Act. Following such success, she went onto achieve her HNC in 2015, specialising in Dance Artistry at age sixteen making her the youngest person in Scotland to achieve this while still in high school.
Lauren attained her Teacher Training certificate within the performing arts at The Young Americans College of The Performing Arts by 2016.
After completion of her degree, Lauren has gone on to perform in nine international music outreach tours in locations such as: Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, The United Kingdom and The United States of America, with the world-renowned organisation ‘The Young Americans.’
In 2018, Lauren became a full-time contracted character and parade performer at Disneyland Paris-her main highlights would be being Disney’s Tuesday Guest star and being a featured dancer in both there Halloween and Christmas parades before finally returning to Scotland to pursue her passion in teaching.
Karol has worked in music education for the past twenty-five years. Karol graduated with a BMus from Queen’s University Belfast and after a PGCE she took a post-graduate course in piano accompaniment at RSAMD. Karol has worked in Scottish secondary schools as a Head of Curricular Music and Director of Music and pursued her own studies of education management with an MSc at Edinburgh University.
Karol studied piano with Geoffrey Pratley (RAM) and has worked as an accompanist, director of musical theatre productions and as a choral leader. Karol is passionate about communicating her love of music to both children and adults. Karol currently teaches part-time at Dollar Academy and works as a Scottish Qualifications Authority examiner.