Academy FP Charlotte McLean (19), is a pupil at a Scottish dance theatre and has been accepted by a prestigious dance school in London.
Charlotte was the Academy’s head girl in 2012, and is currently at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, studying for a HND Contemporary Dance Practice.
But now she has been accepted by the London Contemporary Dance School, one of 50 out of 1,600 applicants.
This good news comes with the reality that she is also going to have to look for some financial support for living expenses as over the next three years it will cost her about £9,000 per year, not including living expenses, as a student in London!
Locally, Charlotte won a prestigious Diana Award in 2011 for her volunteering efforts to her community through dance teaching and is also a Young Scot Youth Legacy Ambassador for Commonwealth Games.
Since starting her training she has kept up two part-time jobs whilst studying: firstly, dance teaching for Showcase The Street and, secondly, she is a dance support worker at Scottish Dance Theatre’s Education Department at Dundee Rep Theatre.
Her professional work includes membership of the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland with ‘YDance’, being a Scottish Ballet Hothouse young choreographer participant, and a member of SmallPetitKlein Dance Company’s Youth Advisory Board. She danced at Hampden Park for the London 2012 Olympics, and choreographed ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Webster Theatre for Christmas, 2012. Charlotte is also a dancer at Dundee Rep performing ‘Cabaret’ at Christmas 2013 and in a new production ‘Broadway’ in April, 2014.
In her work as a volunteer at Showcase The Street she choreographed Arbroath Academy’s Rock Challenge entries several times and has worked with Angus Council, The Webster Memorial Theatre and Tayside Police to deliver and teach different forms of art and dance to young people within the community.
Her ultimate aim is to become a professional contemporary dance artist, enabling her to perform and choreograph with established companies.