Kirsty studied at the Morag Alexander School of Dancing from the age of 4 -18 years of age where she focused on Ballet, Jazz and Scottish styles. Kirsty performed in many pantomimes and annual shows. At the age of 17 she danced on a tour of France and Norway as well as performing at the test match at Lords Cricket Ground. Her career continued when she auditioned amongst thousands of dancers and gained a place to study at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). She graduated with a distinction in 2010. During her time at LIPA she took part in many performances and also trained with choreographers such as Michael Jackson’s choreographer, Lavelle Smith Jr, Madonna’s choreographer, Steve Nestar, legendary musical performer Craig Ryder and casting director Mark Summers.
Kirsty’s professional career began with teaching assignments at a number of schools in Edinburgh. She took students to annual competitions where they always gained 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, choreographed performances for a number of charity events and produced a show over two nights at the Pleasance Theatre. This involved 400 students presenting many different styles of dance and each show was a sell out. Kirsty has also choreographed a number of full productions at amateur theatre level including Grease, Oliver and High School Musical. She has continued to apply the extensive experience gained during her time as a student, performer and teacher to her choreography today.
Kirsty successfully auditioned and then performed at the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, working with Director Danny Boyle and top choreographer Kendrick Sandy throughout the rehearsals and show.
She was then offered a place at the Broadway Dance Centre (BDC) in New York City. “BDC is renowned for its unparalleled Faculty and for offering a diverse array of dance disciplines under one roof”. She took place in a training programme being taught by the most inspiring, working choreographers/teachers in the industry such as Luam, Rhapsody James, Jared Jenkins, Chio Yamada, Robert Taylor Junior, Mel Charlot, Neil Schwartz, Dana Foglia, Mishay Patronelli and many more. In New York, Kirsty worked with a number of artists as well as performing in flashmobs and on TV programmes such a Good Morning America.
As Kirsty continues the next step in her career by opening ‘Live It Dance Studios’ she is going to offer a unique focus on dance within Edinburgh by using her knowledge to ensure every student has the best experience within dance.
“I am an enthusiastic and dedicated person whose sole aim is to strengthen the ability of each Live It student and help them develop their own love for dance.” – Kirsty Hamilton