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Inspirational Meara reaches for the Skye
Date posted: 06 July 2017
Meara O’Donnell-Webb is one of three shortlisted for the Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner award, sponsored by People Dancing, under the inaugural One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards. We profile Meara's work with children and young people on the Isle of Skye…
Meara O'Donnell-Webb on the Isle of Skye
Meara O’Donnell-Webb has what many would consider to be a dream job – she is Dance Development and Project Manager for @SkyeDance, delivering dance classes to locals of the Isle of Skye and Lochalsh, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.

The group, which has a youth company, offers a wide range of dance styles, from ballet to Bollywood, salsa to street, jazz and contemporary to hip-hop.

Meara, who has been dancing since she was two-years-old, is currently doing her MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A recent Dance Performance and Teaching degree student at the University of Central Lancashire, she is a registered ISTD Modern Theatre teacher. She achieved her Higher Dance under the guidance of Monument Dance Centre, in Stirling.

After joining SkyeDance as Graduate Dance Support Officer, two and a half years ago, Meara has led SkyeDance participants to a wide range of projects and performance opportunities, including work with Highland Youth Arts that saw the dancers perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, plus a collaboration with Highland Youth Music and young writers that developed a choreography which was performed live at Ironworks, Inverness and Portree.

People Dancing, which sponsors the Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner award under the One Dance Teaching Awards, has rewarded Meara’s achievement in being shortlisted by funding her place on the ‘Including disabled people in your dance practice’ course at its 2017 Summer School.

And Meara’s reaction to being shortlisted? “I am so shocked and honoured to be not only recognised but shortlisted for this award,” she said.