Alan Greig Dance Theatre : Biographies

Alan Greig
Artistic Director/Choreographer

Born in Scotland, Alan Greig trained in London at the Laban Centre and Central School of Ballet.  He spent a year in New York City as a scholarship student of seminal choreographer Alwin Nikolais.  He has since taught, choreographed and performed extensively in the UK.  In 1990 he formed Alan Greig Dance Theatre (formally X Factor Dance Company) of which he is the Artistic Director.

Alan Greig Dance Theatre has performed throughout Scotland and the UK and has staged international performances in Germany (1996 and 2007) New York City (2009) and in Shanghai, China (2009-2017). Alan was Choreographer-in-Residence for Edinburgh from 1991 to 1993 and attended the prestigious International Dance Course for Professional Choreographers and Composers in 1995 (under the direction of Nigel Osborne and Sara Rudner)

Recent choreographic commissions include Over Soul Tanz Theatre (Ningbo) Tron Theatre (Ulysses), Jin Xing Dance Company (Shanghai), University of Lincoln, Goucher College (USA), University of Malta, Y-Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, University College Bretton Hall, New Moves, Scottish Dance Theatre, Glasgow Clyde College/Anniesland College and Edinburgh’s Telford College.

Professional teachings include The British Council (Shanghai) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland,Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, Dance Ihayami, Dance Base (Edinburgh) – Alan was curator for Spring 08 bringing in Lloyd Newson and was the mentor 2012/13 for the D.E.B.S, Dance House (Glasgow) Citymoves (Aberdeen) Scottish Dance Theatre (Creative Learning) Scottish Ballet Education, the Scottish Youth Dance, V-Tol, Jonathan Burrows Group, London Youth Project, Scottish Youth Dance Festival and Dundee Rep Dance.  Alan is well known in the youth and community sector having created over 60 diverse works throughout the UK.  In 2003 he was invited to Hong Kong to collaborate with award winning theatre company, Theatre du Pif, in their production ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’.

Alan has performed with David Hughes Dance in their production of ‘The Red Room’ (2008) with Andy Howitt in GOD (Grumpy Old Dancers 2012) with award winning choreographer Janice Parker ‘Private Dancer.’ (2012) Private Party (2013) and Glory (2014) and with ‘SmallPetitklein’ in ‘Tentacular’ (2013) and ‘Wheechin Aboot’ (2014) He graduated in 2009 from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a Masters Degree (Distinction) in Dance Theatre Practices.

Lucy Ireland

Lucy was a Junior and Senior Associate of Scottish Ballet before training at the Dance School of Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduating with a BA in Modern Ballet. In her final year at the Conservatoire Lucy undertook a company placement with Scottish Ballet as well as being awarded a scholarship from the Veronica Bruce Memorial Trust. After graduating Lucy was awarded the Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme 2012/2013 mentored by Alan Greig and has worked with many choreographers within the industry as a freelance dancer. These include ; Michael Clark Company – The Barrowlands Project, a featured dancer in the film ‘Sunshine on Leith’ choreographed by Rosie Kay and Arthur Pita and projects with Jenni Wren, Ian Spink, Clare Hughes and Matthew Hawkins. Lucy has also worked with both Errol White Company and David Hughes Dance as an Apprentice.