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About Us

At danceSing we believe that everyone should be offered opportunities during their day to participate in meaningful activity that promotes their health and mental wellbeing.

Mental, physical and social wellbeing is key to optimum functioning and independence, such as life satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, feeling in control, having a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging and support.

Created exclusively for the care home and care community, and developed in consultation with NHS healthcare professionals, the danceSing Care programme aims to maximise emotional, physical, creative, intellectual, and spiritual stimulation.

Let danceSing bring the magic of music and movement with their unique and innovative danceSing Care wellbeing programme.

Benefits for those who participate: 

  • Improved enjoyment of life and self-confidence;
  • Increased self-esteem and positive feeling about oneself;
  • Increased independence, control, and choice;
  • Improved memory and dexterity;
  • Improved mobility, strength, co-ordination, and circulation;
  • Reduced dependency on others;
  • Increased levels of resilience and ability to cope;
  • Reduced depression and effects of dementia;
  • Reduced pain and recovery time;
  • Improved levels of motivation to participate in day-to-day activities.

Potential benefits for carers:

  • Greater job satisfaction;
  • Work becomes more sociable, with increased conversation and activity;
  • Raised expectations of participant capabilities, thus reducing levels of dependency;
  • Helping carers get to know the people they care for much better;
  • Activities for those being cared resulting in opportunities for carers to participate in new activities and develop new skills themselves. 

Our bespoke sessions are a mixture of fun, challenge, and mental stimulus and have been designed and developed to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone who participates.

Our Team

With a wealth of knowledge and combining years of experience, passion, energy, and enthusiasm, meet the creative team bringing wellness to the care community.

Natalie Garry

Founder, CEO & Movement Director

Natalie Garry

Natalie trained as a professional ballet dancer at the English National Ballet School and has performed with Scottish Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre. She is a qualified exercise trainer these include exercise for the older person, chair fitness, dance fitness, nutrition, weight management, exercise counselling and stress and anxiety management.

Natalie has created danceSing for everyone and is delighted to bring danceSing into the Care Community. Natalie has been working specifically with older adults since the 1990’s and has presented for The Exercise Association Research into Ageing Conference. danceSing presented and was identified as a best practice at The Active & Independent Living Conference 2018.

Natalie is passionate about improving people’s overall wellbeing through movement, singing and music. Her exuberance and love of dance has brought joy to many people of all ages and abilities.

Claire Hunt

Operational Director

Claire Hunt

Claire is an experienced project manager and business intelligence analyst with extensive experience across a wide range of business planning environments and sectors, including: Private; Local Government; Civil Service; Housing; and Higher Education. Claire has worked with some of the leading organisations in the UK (and beyond) including Procter and Gamble and Durham University.

Claire has been a consultant for danceSing since February 2018 before formally joining the company in April 2019. Claire is primarily responsible for overseeing business development and operational growth of the company, its resources and assets. Claire is passionate about creating a five-star experience and delivering excellent customer service.

Claire’s mission is to take danceSing from strength to strength!

Karol Fitzpatrick

Musical Director

Karol Fitzpatrick

Karol has worked in music education for the past thirty years. She graduated with a BMus from Queen’s University Belfast and after a PGCE she took a post-graduate course in piano accompaniment at RCS. She has worked in Scottish secondary schools as a Head of Curricular Music and Director of Music and pursued her own studies of education management with an MSc at Edinburgh University. Karol works as Advanced Higher Music Principal Assessor for the Scottish Qualifications Authority, is a DanceSing Music Leader and a part-time Music teacher at Dollar Academy.

Karol studied piano with Geoffrey Pratley (RAM) and has worked as an accompanist, director of musical theatre productions and as a choral leader. Karol is passionate about communicating her love of music to both children and adults and she has enjoyed a wide experience of community music making. Having studied music therapy techniques during her university degree she has enjoyed being able to bring the power of music to people of all ages.

Lindsay Fraser

Senior Music Leader

Lindsay Fraser

Lindsay Ashworth Fraser trained as a musician at University of Strathclyde and in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has worked as a freelance musician, actor, singer and voiceover artist for over 15 years.

Throughout her varied career, Lindsay has performed in plays, musicals and pantomimes throughout the UK and her strong choral tradition also led to many years' work as a session singer in London. Lindsay has sung for some of the world’s leading film composers at Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst and Angel Studios. If you hear a choir on a Dreamworks animation, chances are Lindsay’s voice is in there somewhere!

Since moving back to Glasgow and having her son, Lindsay has grown her own business onlineMD, which provides musical support to some of the UK’s top theatre performers and launched vintage vocal trio The St. Andrews’ Sisters.

Lindsay joined danceSing in 2016 as a Music Leader and was promoted to Musical Director in 2019. Lindsay loves bringing her passion for harmony singing to danceSing and fosters a fun, engaging and relaxed environment in her singing sessions. Lindsay is excited to be moving to online teaching as we find ourselves in new territory and looks forward to welcoming you to the danceSing On Demand community.

Karen Maciver

Music Leader & Composer

Karen Maciver

Karen is a piano player, arranger and composer who has spent the majority of her career encouraging music participation in people’s lives. Karen was head of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra education department and eventually returned to her first love as a musician in dance, returning to Scottish Ballet.

A the Scottish Ballet Karen works with the dancers, and also teaches piano improvisation at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for Piano in Dance Masters course.

Alan Penman

Music Leader

Alan Penman

Alan is a musical director and composer based in Edinburgh. He trained at the RSAMD (now the Conservatoire) and has worked or performed in almost every theatre in Scotland.

Alan composes music for theatre and television, and has a large catalogue of music for children, including for his website and Youtube channel “Choonbaboon”.

His music has been heard on BBC, ITV, BBC Alba, and the Disney Channel.
His mini operas for children, composed for Scottish Opera, have toured all over the UK and worldwide, and he is also an enthusiastic music educator, working with people of all ages.

Though classically trained, Alan is pop obsessed, with an astonishing knowledge of cheesy 70’s and 80’s music!

Lauren Andersen

Mind & Body Leader

Lauren Andersen

Lauren trained at the world-renowned Royal Ballet School London and has performed professionally with The Royal Ballet Company at The Royal Opera House in a broad repertoire of productions including; Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, The Rite of Spring; and Swan lake. After graduation, Lauren joined acclaimed Scottish Ballet for the UK tour of award-winning artistic director Ashley Page’s Sleeping Beauty.

Since hanging up her pointe shoes, Lauren has embarked on a passionate new movement journey, teaching Barre, Pilates and Yoga and whose clients include a number of high-profile professional dancers, footballers, Olympic swimmers and rowers.

Lauren supports and motivates her people to improve their strength, flexibility, as well as enhance their self-confidence. Lauren believes movement is medicine, deepening the connection and helping you to fall a little more in love with yourself.

Lauren’s sessions focus on discovering a balanced and aligned body that feels energised and moves with ease. Lauren’s Barre sessions are well known for being deceptively delicious and hugely satisfying.

Lauren is delighted to be a part of the danceSing team and to be working alongside Natalie Garry (Lauren’s first ballet teacher!) whom has been instrumental in Lauren’s journey to become a ballet dancer.

Katrina Easton

Mind & Body Leader

Katrina Easton

Katrina trained in Dance and Musical Theatre in Edinburgh before embarking on her international performance career. Credits include : Cinderella (The Edinburgh Kings Theatre), Mother Goose (The Edinburgh King’s Theatre), De Capo Variete (Germany), La Nouvelle Eve (Paris), Elonuit Show (Seychelles), A night with Hugh Jackman (Blenheim Palace), All our Yesterdays (UK tour Timeless Entertainment), Memory Lane (UK Tour Timeless Productions).
Katrina also trained with London’s My Aerial Home and Toronto’s School of Circus Arts in Aerial Hoop, Silks and Spanish Web enjoyed her time as Dancer / Aerialist onboard P&O Ventura, P&O Azura and Wild Cabaret (Glasgow).

In 2016 Katrina began to move her career over to teaching and trained in Mat Pilates, Yoga, Barre and Spin. She loves the versatility and benefits from all styles of movement and the positive effects on both body and mind. Katrina’s classes aim to leave you feeling aligned, centred and uplifted.

Amy Scott

Dance Leader

Amy Scott

Amy began her training at the Dance School of Scotland on the Musical Theatre Course and
completed her BA Hons in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London.

Theatre credits include; Dick Whittington (Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock) Cross Fit (Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe) Tosca! The Henchman’s Tale (A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Oran Mor) Still Game Live! Bon Voyage (The Hydro, Glasgow), Dick Whittington (Eden Court, Inverness), Sleeping Betty (Tron Theatre, Glasgow), Christ On A Bike (Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe), Dick Whittington (Plowright Theatre), Wag! The Musical (Charing Cross Theatre, London), Peter Pan (Churchill Theatre, Bromley), Mother Goose (Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock). Private Lives, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Tuxedo Junction, Reel to Reel, Songs From 88 Notes and West End, West Side (Adonia, P&O Cruises). The Genie of Samarkand (Tara Arts, London), Fame (George Square, Edinburgh Fringe). Amy has also featured as a Sensational Sister of Soul in the UK tour of The Blues Brothers Party. Television and commercial work includes; Stacey Stone (BBC), The AA's Tales from the Roadside ad campaign, Bet 365 Bingo (MTP) and the Co-op (MTP).