Our Staff

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Louise Murray

P.G.D.T.  A.R.A.D.  A.I.D.T.A.  A.I.S.T.D.  C.D.E.

Louise is the founder of Monument Ballet School (1983) and Owner/Principal of Monument Dance Centre (1993).

She trained full time at The Manor School of Ballet in Edinburgh gaining Associate status with The Royal Academy of Dance and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

On graduating, Louise worked for many years as a professional dancer in Variety Theatre (including a Royal Variety Performance), Pantomimes, Summer Seasons and on Television and also began choreographing Variety Shows and professional Pantomimes and Stage Musicals including 'The Boy Friend', 'Half A Sixpence', 'Crazy For You', 'Fame' and 'Return to the Forbidden Planet'.
She was Artistic Director of Stirling based 'Krackin' Kids Theatre Company'.

Louise is an assessor and verifier for SQA Dance courses and has been accepted as a Mentor for the RAD allowing her to supervise and guide student Ballet teachers. For 9 years she served as Chair of the Royal Academy of Dance Regional Advisory Committee (Scotland) and for 11 years was a member of the R.A.D. Executive Committee. Louise graduated from the University of Surrey in 2015 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching after studying with the Royal Academy of Dance.

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Ailsa Murray

BA hons RAD RTS DDTS

Ailsa is Vice Principal of MDC and graduated from Stirling University with a BA hons in English and Professional Education. She currently works 3 days per week as an English teacher at Balfron High School.

She is also a qualified teacher of Dance, gaining a Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance. Ailsa teaches Ballet, Tap, Commercial Jazz and Modern she is one of our internal assessors for our SQA courses. She is also choreographer for MPAS and has worked on various projects including Godspell, You’re a Goodman Charlie Brown, Spelling Bee and 13.

Ailsa is also a talented singer and has performed at a variety of shows and events throughout Scotland both solo and dueting with husband, Daniel Walsh. The couple appeared on Michael McIntyure’s Big Show as the Unexpected Stars in December 2018. they performed Come What May from Moulin Rouge and received a standing ovation from a full house at London’s Drury Lane Theatre.

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Elaine Hughes

L.I.S.T.D.

Elaine trained at the Glasgow Dance Academy where she gained Licentiate status with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, membership of Royal Academy of Dance and Teaching Diploma from GDA.

Early TV credits include various shows for STV and on network TV.

Elaine worked on BBC’s The Clothes Show’. As a choreographer she has worked with Falkirk Youth Theatre Company on the musicals ‘Crazy For You’ ‘Fame’ and ‘Return To The Forbidden Planet’.

Elaine has been accepted as a Tutor for ISTD allowing her to train student teachers of Modern dance.

She is also a regular member of the teaching faculty for RAD Awards Days and Dance Workshops.

As well as Monument Dance Centre Elaine also teaches at Glasgow based Dance Factory.

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Fiona Skene

BA hons RAD RTS AISTD

Fiona gained a first class honours degree at Laban after training at Danscentre in Aberdeen. She teaches Ballet, Contemporary & Modern and has spent some time teaching in Melbourne, Australia before coming back to teach in Stirling. She is also an external assessor for SQA dance courses and delivers our SQA Higher and NC dance courses. Fiona is also a Level 1 qualified Zumba instructor as well as a tutor and assessor for Dance Leadership Award validated by Sports Leaders UK.

She enjoyed a placement as a dancer with Scottish Dance Theatre and has choreographed works for has worked as dancer and choreographer for Aberdeen International Youth Festival appearing as Dancer and choreographer - ‘For A That’ -Burns piece. Fiona also teaches at Broughton High Schools, specialist full time Dance Academy.

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Claire Griffin

Dip RAD RTS Dip AISTD CDE 

As a child age 7yrs, I started Ballet & Tap classes firstly in Colwyn Bay & then Ruthin both in North Wales. Then in my teens a member of the Contemporary Youth Dance based at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. 

Full time dance training at Merseyside Dance & Drama Centre, where I gained teaching qualifications: RAD Teaching Certificate, ISTD Associate teachers in Ballet, Modern & National dance. 

After graduating, I was a professional dancer & equity member, dancing in troupes touring Japan & Portugal. Returned to north wales as a free-lance teacher for a number of schools. Moved up to Scotland & became a member of the teaching team at The Dance Bank. Since 1994 have grown my own school in the East Neuk of Fife: it has to date a 100% pass rate in examinations & as sole teacher the producer/choreographer for ten whole school performances. Waid Community use dance tutor for their holiday programs & Waid Academy higher dance practical tutor. 

CPD: I have gained the RAD teaching diploma, ISTD Associate Diploma in Modern dance and Certificates in Dance Education in Ballet, Modern, Tap & National. SQA certificates in child development, play-work & first aid. Registered to teach Progressing Ballet Technique, RAD Silver Swans and DDMIX -Diverse dance mix. 

Over 25 years of teaching experience, always learning & still enjoying my profession.

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Sally Ann Cross

A.I.S.T.D.

Trained at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey where she gained associate status in I.S.T.D Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre. She began teaching at Studio 2 Dance School in Kent and danced professionally in variety shows and toured with dance troupes at home and abroad.

Sally gained a Higher National Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science and YMCA in Exercise To Music and was Health & Fitness Manager and Fitness Instructor at Healthworks Gym in Glasgow. When her family moved into the Stirling area she was appointed Fitness Instructor at Dunblane Centre, Tulligarth Community Leisure and University of Stirling.

Sally specialises in Preschool Dance and is manager of our Baby and Parent classes and Branch Manager for Dunblane and Braehead branches of MPAS Outreach Dance Project.

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Sarah Hoskins

Sarah is a former student of MDC, she then worked as a class assistant and helped to run Summer and Easter events. She is currently in her thrid year of full-time dance training at Dance For All in Edinburgh.

She is Branch Manager of our Dunblane branch and also our competition manager.

Sarah has passed all her exams with Distinction and hopes to graduate in Summer 2020 with HND in Professional Dance as well as ISTD DDE.

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Callan MacCormick

BA (Hons)

Callan has been teaching Drama in Central Scotland since 1990 with a number of different groups including – Dance School of Scotland, The Bowmar Group, Young Carers and Wicid Woman.She directs Centre Scene Stage School.

On graduating Callan was a founder partner in ‘Sair Feet’ – an Events and Entertainment Company specialising in historical interpretation, business training and educational training.

Callan is responsible for all Drama classes at Monument Dance Centre and is Head of our SQA National Certificate Acting and Theatre Performance Course. Callan was co-director for the Award winning play ‘The Cheviot the Stag and the Black Black Oil’ when MPAS reached the Scottish final of SCDAs One act Drama Festival in 2011.

Callan led MDC through the vigorous process which led to SQA Approval of our fulltime HNC Musical Theatre course and has been appointment Course Manager.

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Craig Murray

BSc Hons

Craig works in Secondary School Support for Learning having previously worked for 25 years in the Professional Entertainment Industry as Entertainments Manager at Falkirk Council where he produced and directed shows ranging from Stage Musicals and Pantomimes to Variety Shows, Opera and Classical Concerts.

He has worked with many well known Scottish and International stage and television stars and was responsible for administering and producing Falkirk Children’s and Youth Theatre companies for 20 years. He was script writer for the famous Falkirk Children’s Theatre panto from 1975 to 2000 which gained national recognition between 1988 and 2000 when they were broadcast annually on New Year’s Day on STV, Grampian and Border Television. One of these shows won a special award at the Cannes Television Festival.

As an actor Craig has worked on TV – Taggart, The Plan Man, Tartan Shorts and extensively with award winning Tryst Theatre Company in Theatres all over Britain.

Craig directed successful MPAS entries in SCDA’s One Act Drama Festivals in 2010, reaching the Scottish Youth Final and 2011 winning the Stirling District Final.

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Una McNab

Una trained at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh where she studies acting, stage management, improvisation, lighting, make-up, English, design, art, history of drama, sound, psychology, sociology, teaching theory and practice, television, mime, movement and dance and speech phonetics.  She gained a diploma in Drama and the Spoken Word in 1997 and followed this with a post graduate year at Moray House College of Education studying primary and secondary drama teaching.

From 1998 she has worked in professional theatre and television, Theatre in Education, Forum Theatre and training through role play.

Una has been linked with Monument Dance Centre since the mid-eighties and is a tutor on NC Acting and Theatre Performance and HNC Musical Theatre where she developed and delivers the Theatrical Make-up units for each course and also assesses and verifies various units within these courses.

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Daniel Walsh

RSAMD – BEd (mus) Hons.

Daniel graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor in Education (BEd Hons 2:1) from the Royal Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) which is now known as The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Since then he has worked in both secondary and primary music sectors, developing and writing curriculum and delivering core music in a 3-18 capacity. 

Daniel began working at Monument in 2010 as a vocal coach which led onto leading our SQA NPA Musical Theatre Course and becoming the Musical Director for our three shows; Godspell, Charlie Brown and most recently Spelling Bee.  Daniel is also the Chorus Director of the National Youth Choir of Scotland Perth Boys Choir. This elite choir is trained through musicianship games and begins from primary 4 upwards. 

Daniel is also a passionate singer and has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist performing a range of repertoire from Musical Theatre to Opera.  Daniel is passionate about young singing, developing correct technique and encouraging people to develop their own voices.