Active Dansa was founded by Mariona Pena with the vision of creating a school where students can explore and develop their skills in many dance genres. We strive to provide high quality education and our staff are constantly taking courses to keep up to date with the latest dance teaching techniques.
We offer dance programs for children (from 30 months), teenagers and adults with the aim of providing a complete dance journey where discipline and enjoyment are guaranteed.
From beginners to vocational level, we cater for everyone. We strive to provides detailed and enhanced training and we work with each individual to help them achieve their goals. We offer a wide range of dance classes including Ballet, Introduction to Dance, Modern Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Acrodance and Dance Technique.
Our students get the opportunity to perform in our two annual show cases, Christmas and June. All of our showcase are theme related which gives our students the true sense of the performing arts.
Competitions and examinations with Bbodance oportunities are also available in many dance genres.
MEET THE ACTIVE DANSA TEAM
Mariona Pena – Dance Studio Director (Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Acrodance, Lyrical, Dance Technique and Commercial)
Originally from Barcelona, I started dancing when I was 3 years old and haven’t looked back since. I had the opportunity to develop my skills as a dancer in many different dance genres during my training in both professional and competition level (Ballet, Rythmics Gymnastics, Commercial, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical).
Professionally trained in Performing Arts by Memory School of Performing Arts in Barcelona and Contemporary Dance by Plan D Professional Contemporary Dance School in Barcelona.
- Registered Teacher with BBODANCE (New name for The British Ballet Organisation)
- Level 5 Dance Teaching Qualification with BBODANCE
- Level 4 Dance Teaching Qualification with BBODANCE
- Registered Teacher with International Performing Arts and Theatre (I-PATH)
- Certified Acrobatic Arts teacher
- Anatomy and Physiology Diploma by International Dance Teaching Association (IDTA)
- Certified Teacher of Progressing Ballet Techniques (PBT)
I have now been teaching dance for over 10 years and working and choreographing dances for recitals, musicals and competitions. I am proud of being able to teach and dance different styles which allows me to offer a wider range of movement, techniques and methodologies making my students truly versatile!
My students’ progress is the most rewarding aspect of my job so I strive to provide personal support to all of them by understanding their needs.
Tia Davies – Dance Teacher (Jazz, Commercial, Cheerleading and Contemporary)
“I have been dancing since the age of 3, performing for over 20 years and teaching for 7 years. I studied performing arts at Stratford Upon Avon College and have danced across the UK, Including The Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham NEC, Solihull Library Theatre, Alexander Theatre and also performing at London’s ‘Move It’.
I have always had a passion for Dance and Performing Arts, with a drive for creating and developing. I have worked with all abilities and have always strived to help my students become the performer they have always dreamt of.
I have taught many different genres of dance, my passion is the stage. I love all styles of performing arts, and have taught many genres, such as cheerleading, hip hop/street, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and Jazz. I currently teach Musical Theatre too! I just love to see how far the students can come with just a little support and confidence building. I have entered many students in competitions across the UK, and have always wanted the best for my students! I can’t wait to begin my new journey with Mariona at Active Dansa. I’m so excited and can’t wait to meet you all!
Erin Shanks – Dance Teacher (Contemporary, Ballet and Lyrical)
A Lisburn girl born and bred, I joined the Girls Brigade community at the age of 2 and it wasn’t long before my love for dance was realised. Growing up, I trained seriously for my RAD ballet grades and ballet technique exams, as well as modern (ISTD). I also enjoyed Irish dancing, street dance and gymnastics, and was lucky to compete in various levels of competition over the years.
In my teens, I had started to assist ballet and modern classes and enjoyed choreographing school performances before heading off to train at Guildford School of Acting (University of Surrey) where I gained my degree in dance and culture studies. Here, I trained in ballet, contemporary, African and Kathak and found my love for somatic practices, movement notation and an interest in the essence of movement and how it impacts on wellbeing. I was lucky to complete an interim placement year back in Ireland with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, where I contributed to teaching, management and performance during city of culture 2012 and worked with dance film artist Rosemary Lee. I have maintained a close relationship with this company and even had the experience of travelling to Hong Kong to perform with them twice for the Chinese New Year in 2012 and 2014.
I am teacher trained with the Wheelchair Dance Sports Association UK and have a passion for inclusivity in dance for everyone. In 2015, alongside teaching ballet, creative and inclusive movement, contemporary and street dance in Guildford from 18 months-50 years+, I began an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton, qualifying with a distinction in June 2018. I moved home shortly after this and am currently 1 of 2 Dance Movement Psychotherapists in Northern Ireland trying to find my feet! I am SO happy to be a part of Active Dansa and to be teaching again for such wonderful bunch of students, alongside inspirational colleagues!