PANDORA
PRODUCTION TEAM

OWEN LANE

Choreographer

Owen Lane began training aged 7 at the Rosemary Lane School of Ballet. During this time he completed multiple RAD and ISTD examinations and furthered his training in ballet at the Royal Ballet School Junior Associate Program in London. Using this training he was able aged 11 to gain full scholarship to the Vocational ballet school, Elmhurst School for Dance. He furthered his studies in Classical Ballet and various other styles over an 8 year period. Whilst at Elmhurst he performed on multiple occasions with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in productions including: Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast and Two Pigeons. On graduation from Elmhurst, Owen gained his first professional contract and joined the Croatian National Ballet. In his first season with the company he performed roles including: Prince (The Nutcracker), Don Jose (Carmen), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Young Prince (Scherezade) and Puck (Midsummer Nights Dream). After this time Owen was invited as a guest artist of the Slovenian National Ballet in Ljubljana for the creation of a new ballet “Doctor Zhivago” with renowned Czech choreographers Jiri and Otto Bubenicek, he was then offered the chance to join the company on a full-time basis. Over the next years he performed in multiple productions of the Slovenian repertoire including: Prince/Policeman (The Nutcracker), Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet), Benno (Swan Lake), Orpheus (Orpheus). During his time with the Slovenian National Theatre Owen managed to attain Principal Dancer Status. Following this Owen decided that he would take the knowledge gathered during his professional career and give it to the local community of his youth. He turned down multiple offers to continue his performance career and decide to launch Milton Keynes Dance Theatre. Owen has a proven track record of working with children having owned and operated three annual summer schools as well as various other teaching credits. He has also discovered a passion for creativity in the last few years with multiple choreographic credits to his name both at professional level (“The Quality of Mercy” Slovenian National Ballet) and Local Level ("Romeo & Juliet" & “Savage Beauty” Stantonbury Theatre).

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OLIVIA BECKETT

Visual Director

Olivia has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She has trained predominately in ballet however has studied various dance styles throughout her training. Most recently she completed her RAD Grade 7 examination to distinction level with the RLSB. She has also performed regularly in the local area in various productions including “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping beauty” and “The nutcracker” the last of which in soloist roles. Along her journey, she developed a love for Theatre and Design, after obtaining grade A in GCSE Drama and studying A-level Theatre. In recent years, she has had the opportunity to pass on her love for ballet and performance through assisting teaching pre-school to primary levels.

 

Olivia was instrumental in the design process of MKDT's "Romeo & Juliet" and we are delighted to once again welcome her to the MKDT team

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JESS YEO

Guest Principal Dancer

Jess has been training at The London Contemporary Dance School’s Centre for Advanced Training for the past 6 years. Here she has been training in Contemporary Technique and choreography. Through this programme, she has created and performed pieces with companies including Richard Alston, Rambert and Random Dance who have all inspired her love for choreography. To further her versatility, Jess trained with Avant Garde Youth where she learnt to fuse hip-hop, contemporary and musicality. Underpinning this is Jess’ love for classical ballet and strong classical technique, she has studied this style since the age of 8 with RLSB. During her classical training she has managed to Reach Advanced One with Distinction as well as performing in various productions culminating in the Lead role of Clara in “The Nutcracker”. She is fortunate to have the opportunity to share her passions for dance with students aged 2-7 at the RLSB as a teaching assistant.