Meet the Tutors

Bethany Nicol

Bethany Nicol

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"I have been dancing in the styles of tap, ballet and modern since the age of seven, and although I haven’t grown much in terms of height since then, the growth in my love of dance has been non-stop! I recently gained a B.A.T.D. Associate Teacher qualification in tap through dancing at Danspirations in Aberdeen, and I am currently training to achieve the same in modern. I have been actively part of AUDS since 2015, having gained 1st place titles with my choreography in tap and contemporary for the society’s competition team in previous years. This year I hope to do the same for the tap competition team, alongside teaching tap classes at all levels for the wider society"

Laura Irvine

Laura Irvine

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"I have danced since 3 years old in the styles Highland, Scottish National, Tap, Modern, Freestyle and Acro-Gymnastics.  I have competed in Highland and Scottish National since I was 6 years old competing in Championships all over the country including the Cowal World Championships.  I had the pleasure of being my dance teacher’s apprentice for 5 years at the Wallace School of Dance and fell in love with teaching and choreographing.  Had the most amazing year being part of the Highland Wildcard team and competing with such amazing girls in Manchester and can’t wait to make many more memories together as a society! Dance has opened so many doors for me, provided so many crazy opportunities and helped me make some of the most amazing friends.  So I can’t wait to teach this year and help provide those amazing opportunities to others"

Luis Toral

Luis Toral

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"This Latino loves to share his passion for Latin rhythms and add a fresh touch to traditional sounds. He enjoys to teach Latin dance as well as learn styles from different countries. Founder of `Bachata Aberdeen´ He has performed in bachata congresses and teaching in Revolution de Cuba, Sinatra Bar and Station Hotel in Aberdeen"

Heather Maxwell

Heather Maxwell

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"Hi, I'm Heather - a fourth year History-History of Art student and tutor for Contemporary. Previously I've tutored both Beginner and Intermediate Ballet but I'm really excited to branch out more this year and explore an area of dance I've always loved. I'm aiming to explore a wide range of genres within contemporary, pulling influence from my ballet background, as well as looking to jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, etc., over the course of the year. The society has been such a great part of my university experience and I'm so pleased I've been able to participate through tutoring, as well as being part of the Committee in the role of Vice President"

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Marlee Van Ostrand

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"I’m Marlee, this year’s Intermediate/Advanced Ballet tutor. This will be my second year teaching ballet with AUDS and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I have been dancing ballet for 18 years, and teaching for five. I have some experience in Modern and Ukrainian Character dancing as well, but ballet has always been my first love. I’ll be teaching with AUDS on Fridays 18:15-19:45 - everyone is welcome! I strongly believe that ballet should be fun and accessible, and this is what I always try to bring to my classes.


 Aside from dance, I also do tai chi (24-form, fan, and sword) and study animal behaviour (particularly dog training) on the side. As for uni, I’m a fourth-year History undergraduate with a focus in historic languages, and will definitely be kept busy this year as President of AUDS! If not at the studio, you’ll likely find me at home with my two kittens (a three-legged girl and her best friend) or in a coffee shop somewhere!"

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Martina and Boris

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"My name is Martina and my dance and life partner is Boris. We are going to be the teachers for Salsa for Beginners. We are the owners of Café 100 and we have been dancing together for 1 year now. I have been dancing since I was 6, trying different styles, but mainly focusing on Bulgarian traditional dances. On the other hand, Boris has been playing the guitar since the age of 16 and now he has his own band. Together we are making a great team as we are very passionate, music- driven, and we show that with hard work and dedication you can achieve anything, namely dance Salsa in no time :) "

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Michalina Gorzeńska



"I used to dance what I was little and then stopped, only to rediscover the joy it gave me about 5 years ago. I mostly dance dancehall and twerk, which give me so much energy and a huge confidence boost. Thanks to the Dance Society I was able to try out many amazing styles which I really loved, especially latin social dances. I can’t wait to meet all of the new people this year, dance together and have fun! "

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Minka Laine

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"I am in my final year of studying law and started dancing at the age of four. Before joining AUDS three years ago, I had trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz, show and different street styles and competed in contemporary and street dance in Finland and the US. I love that I have been able to continue dancing and competing in various styles as part of AUDS, and can’t wait to start teaching K-pop in the upcoming semester! "

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Maria Kubaszewska

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"My journey with latin dancing started almost 3 years ago, when one of my best friends showed me the salsa class in AUDS. I loved it from the first second! Dancing allowed me to meet amazing people, travel and grow in many ways. I am more than excited to become a teacher of salsa and bachata now to show others what a wonderful experience it really is! Trust me, once you start, you will never stop!"

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Badri Risheh



"I am a UoA PhD student in Medical Sciences who's captivated by dancing Salsa and Bachata. I have been dancing for 7 years and I taught Salsa and Bachata at the University of Hertfordshire in 2017 and Bachata at UoA in 2019/2020. I am more that excited to share my passion for Bachata and Salsa with every Salsero/Salsera and Bachatero/Bachatera who are interested in expressing themselves through dancing!"