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Chris is the founder, owner and drive behind STARPIC PROJECT with a wealth of skill and experienced in business, training, media, youth work and a qualified coach in several sport disciplines.  The focus is to provide an opportunity for young people to gain and develop transferable skills, working with individuals towards a more positive destination to help build confidence and reduce barriers for those who attend. 

Chris Cooney

Project Manager

Ashley Davanna

Dance Teacher

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ALANA JANE

Dance Teacher

Alana has been dancing from a young age. Trained at Edinburgh Theatre School of Dance and progressed on to Laines Theatre Arts dance school in Epsom. With over 15 years experience, Alana is an experienced teacher of dance and fitness to all ages, working on core strength, balance, importance of team commitment and dedication to deliver high quality performances. Alana will work with the Starpic dancers motivating everyone to reach their individual potential.

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Dawn Boswell

FITNESS Teacher

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Dawn has over 20 years coaching experience working with adults and children of all ages. Lezmills qualified and delivers Edinburgh Leisure classes througout the city. Dawn will be a great asset to STARPIC dance delivering high quality at our classes towards motivating everyone to reach their individual potential.

Leigh Heron

dance coach

Siobhan mcdermiD

dance / FITNESS COACH

Siobhan has over 10 years coaching experience, working with kids of all ages delivering movement to music, adult and child fitness and in a UKCC level 1 gymnastic coach.  Siobhan  is a great asset to STARPIC dance delivering high quality providing a positive experience for all our Starpic attendees.

CHLOE STEELE

Volunteer

Chloe is one of our volunteers who has a wealth of dance experiance looking to develop into coaching.  Chloe currently studys dance at school and will be working alongside the Starpic team gaining valuable skill and knoweldge being mentored by Starpic.  

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Leigh has been involved in dance from the age of 3 with experience in competing and performing in various shows, with a wide variety of styles such as; contemporary, lyrical, jazz, commercial, hip-hop and ballet, has a grade 6 in RAD ballet and performed with Edinburgh Dance Academy. Leigh will provide the concept of different dance styles to encourage dancers, making it fun and allowing opportunity for development in dance.

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Ashley has achieved BTEC level 3, HND and BA Honours Degree in dance after starting dance training from a young age being introduced to Ballet, Tap, Contemporary and Jazz. With several years experience in coaching, working in the industry and delivering dance conditioning to achieve high standards, Ashley will contribute to the success of STARPIC dance delivering passion effort and commitment towards motivating everyone to reach their individual potential.

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Maria McKenzie

Volunteer

Maria is one of our volunteers who has experiance in performing now looking to develop into coaching and has achieved higher dance and and will be working alongside the Starpic team gaining valuable skill and knoweldge being mentored by Starpic.  Maria will work on delivering various dance styles to encourage dancers and allowing opportunity for development in dance.

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Nicole Heron

Dance COACH

Nicole has been involved in dance from a young age with experience in competing and performing in various shows, has a wide variety of styles such as; contemporary, lyrical, jazz, commercial, hip-hop and ballet, has a grade 6 in RAD ballet, intermediate foundation ballet and performed with Edinburgh Dance Academy. Currently working towards HNC level in dance with a passion to coach. Nicole will introduce different dance styles to encourage dancers, making it fun and allowing opportunity for development in dance.

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JOSIE MACKAY

Dance Teacher

Josie has been dancing from a very young age, now with over 15 years teaching experience dance and gymnastics. Josie specialises in hip hop and contemporary dance as well as having a passion for physical theatre dance. Josie achieved BTEC Level 3, HND and also gained a First Class Honors degree in dance. Josie will deliver a range of dance skills and many aspects of gymnastics used within dance practice. Josie believes that a fun energetic approach to teaching is the way forward and focuses on every induvidual differences in learning techniques. 

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