Steven smiles for the camera

Sighthill to Memphis, Via New York.

27-Year-Old Glaswegian born Steven McMahon has been dancing for 16 years now and is no stranger to being on the international stage.

Previously voted The Scotsman Young Achiever of the Year, Steven grew up in notoriously tough Sighthill in Glasgow’s Springburn area. An area rife with deprivation, high levels of crime and youth unemployment, the chances where not in his favor.

But like so many young people in his situation, his predicament was one he knew he had to get out of, and education, or in his case, dance was this route to a better life.

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Emily doing what she does best. Photography by Rachel Neville.

Emily Kadow in Interview

Continuing on from my most recent profile in the series, this week on MODance it gives me great pleasure to bring to you an interview with American Ballerina Emily Kadow.

Born in Orlando, Florida, 19-year-old Emily has followed her life long dream of becoming a ballerina and made it to the top. From the tender age of 6 with great support from her family, she has went on to win the Bronze medal in the Moscow International Ballet Competition, The Grand Prix award at the Youth America Grand Prix (PA) and the Bronze medal in the Youth America Grand Prix NYC Finals.

Currently dancing with Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Emily will be joining world-renowned San Francisco Ballet this July. She took the time out to speak to me about her experiences in dance so far, what the future holds and what her inspiration has been. Continue reading

Shaun in action

A Dancer With A Difference

Today I begin a series of profiles of dancers from all around the world, a series of interviews to inform and showcase the challenges and incredible experiences dance has brought to these dancers and how you to could live these dreams.

Please feel free to comment, share your own experiences but above all, I hope you enjoy the new chapter in MODance!

Born in Rutherglen, Scotland & brought up in notoriously tough Castlemilk, 20-year-old Shaun McLaughlin started dancing at the age of 11. His story is an incredible one, one of loss and surviving and going on to triumph against all the odds. He took the time out of his busy schedule to talk to me. Continue reading