Mairi’sPassion for Dance
I knew from a young age dance would be my life. At age 13 I attended Elmhurst Ballet School in London, where I learnt what it took to become a well-rounded dancer. However, due to my love of Scotland, I chose to further my studies in Edinburgh, where I excelled in all forms of dance. This opened the door for me to attend the prestigious Alvin Ailey School of American Dance in New York, where many well known performers, including Madonna trained. Here I had the honour of dancing alongside the Alvin Ailey Company in the very famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
With a career taking me around the world, I have been privileged to have performed in a variety of shows, from fashion shows in Japan, trade shows in London, working with top ‘Strictly come dancing’ choreographer Karen Bruce in LA, various pantomime’s in Scotland and one of my favourites, performing as Cookie Monster in Sesame Street Live in Germany and Dubai. My working career has given me the opportunity to be trained in and excel in many genres, such as ballroom, salsa, ballet, tap, hip hop and many more.
When returning to Scotland to settle with my husband to be, I knew I was not ready to hang up the old dancing shoes just yet. Whilst dreaming of my own first dance, I thought how lovely it would be to help other couples create their own special dance. This was when MairiMeDance was created and I have never looked back.
Since helping over 400 couples, it is great to see the popularity of the choreographed first dance grow. I feel very privileged to meet so many wonderful couples, helping in the preparation for their big day.