Bianca Smith – Founder and Artistic Director
Bianca Smith approaches her role at BPS Dance with passion, just like she does with everything in her life. She brings with her decades of dance training and experience through which she is able to really immerse herself in coordinating and managing the activities of the company and the troupe. In the past few years she has really dedicated herself to choreography and creative direction. As an artist she has a huge focus on working with dancers from any background and pushing them to strive for their best, to embrace new and unfamiliar experiences and to help them help her to bridge the gap in the dance world. She prides herself on fostering a huge interdisciplinary focus with BPS Dance, where dancers work together to create work that is thoughtful, beautiful and a reflection of the multifaceted world of dance.
Jessica Kelly-Hannon- Communications Manager and Dancer
Jessica (Jay) is an energetic dancer from Dublin and began her training in Broadway Tap. She later fell in love with Hip Hop and Commercial styles, performing and competing throughout Dublin. After years of dancing for fun Jessica decided to create a career out of her passion and began teaching dance in the National Performing Arts School and for University College Dublin’s Dance Society. She then earned a place in The College of Dance, Dublin, where she received a diploma in Professional Dance.
Her Diploma also gave her a new enthusiasm for Contemporary and Jazz dance as well as shameless indulgence in Musical Theatre. Most recently Jessica has worked with Andrew Wilson, head of ballet at Bird College, London, on his adaptation of the ballet ‘Elite Syncopations’, as well as touring Ireland with BPS dance on their ‘Rebecca O’Connor Simply the Best’ tour. Jessi also helps out with running our Social Media accounts and promoting all of the performances and amazing events that we are contacted about for dancers in Ireland and abroad.
Katie O’Neill – Freelance Photographer and Dancer
Katie O’Neill is a portrait and fashion photographer based in Dublin, Ireland. Since starting ballet at the tender age of 2 and a half, Katie became enthralled by the movement, musicality and aesthetic of dance and proceeded to train in modern/jazz, contemporary, tap and most recently hiphop. It was through her love of dance that her interest in photography was piqued and ever since, dancers have been her main muses; something which she eagerly hopes to expand on through collaboration with BPS Dance.
Katie succeeded in being placed in the top 5 finalists of the Canon Young Fashion Photographer of the Year 2015 and was the winner of the Canon Taste of Dublin 2015. Her work has also featured in the Irish Times, Irish Independent, University Times, TN2 and Misc magazines.
Marley McCallum – Freelance Cinematographer and Editor
Marley McCallum is a graduate of BA Film and Screen Media and current MA student in the same discipline in UCC. Her degree provided her with a strong foundation in film history, theory and practice which she aims to expand further in her current studies.
Having danced herself from an early age, dance has been an important part of Marley’s work through collaborations with UCD Dance and BPS Dance and inspired her to include dance as an integral element in her first short film Body, her final year project which helped her to earn a first class honours in her degree. While interested in all aspects of filmmaking, Marley is increasingly interested in the areas of cinematography and editing and is eager to explore these further with BPS Dance.