Established in 1985 by Director Tracy Hawkes, Dance For All amalgamated with the prestigious Theatre School of Dance in Stockbridge in 2000, where full-time dance training and classes were offered for nearly four decades, training a large majority of Scottish dancers, teachers and choreographers.
Principal Director Tracy Hawkes RTS ARAD SDS IdB(1) is one of Scotland’s best known dance teachers who has performed and taught extensively in schools and companies in the UK and abroad, including Basic Space Dance Theatre, Napac Ballet and Durban City Ballet. Tracy is a registered teacher and associate of RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and the only Spanish Dance Society qualified teacher in Scotland. Promoting excellence and enjoyment in all forms of dance, she directs an inspirational faculty of dance tutors, comprised of many of the most respected and renowned dance professionals in the business today.
Based in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, Dance For All is an officially Approved Centre for dance teacher training, vocational and professional dance qualifications. Read more about our full-time Professional Dance Performance Course, the longest running course of its kind in Scotland.
Ensuring the expert tuition of our full-time students and our weekly pupils, we teach some of the world’s leading dance syllibi. Click the tabs the tabs below for more details:
One of the world’s most influential dance education organisations the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) was founded in 1920 and now has over 13,000 members in 79 countries worldwide. With Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Patron and Darcey Bussell CBE as President, we are proud to be teaching the RAD Ballet syllibi to our students and pupils, who continue to delight us with being awarded Merits and Distinctions, up to Advanced 2 level. RAD website
Founded in 1904, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations boards. President Mrs Peggy Spencer MBE oversees the institution which now has over 7,500 members in more than 75 countries around the world. We are proud to be teaching the ISTD Diplomas in Dance Instruction & Dance Education to our students training to be dance teachers and the ISTD Tap & Modern syllibi to our students and pupils, who continue to delight us with being awarded Merits and Distinctions, up to Advanced 2 level. ISTD website
The Spanish Dance Society (SDS) is the worlds largest society for the advancement of Spanish dance in all its forms. Founded in 1965, it is now represented in more than a dozen countries across five continents, with co-founder Dame Marina Keet as International Honorary President. We are proud to be the only Spanish Dance Society training centre in Scotland and our students and pupils continue to delight us at their examinations and with every performance. SDS website
In 2010 we were delighted to announce that the accomplished writer, playwright, actor and director Steven Berkoff was to become our first official Patron.
Berkoff has created numerous adaptations and plays for the stage, authored a variety of books and acted in a number of films, including the blockbusters A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Octopussy, Rambo and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. He says he is “thrilled to be a Patron” and that Dance For All is a “wonderful school.” Read more about Berkoff’s prolific and distinguished career…
The great versatility and vast experience of Dance For All’s faculty is reflected in the immense variety of dance classes and courses held at our studio in Stockbridge. Over 70 weekly classes are taught each week to children from 2½ – 18 years of age and adults from 16 – 106! As well as our annual Summer Clubs and Shows, our classes include RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, SDS Flamenco, Jazz, Contemporary, Yoga, Pilates and Drop-In Ballet. Find out more…
Whether you want to brush up your previous expertise or learn a completely new form of dance from scratch, Dance For All has numerous options on offer from beginners to advanced level. All classes at Dance For All are a great way to exercise, offer numerous health benefits and provide a progressive learning experience, allowing you to hone your dancing skills while building a more flexible and supple body. Whether you are looking for expert tuition for yourself or your children, professional dance training or simply some ‘me’ time, Dance For All is a hub of expertise and provides a truly exhilarating dance experience.
Since 2000 Tracy Hawkes has also been directing the award-winning Professional Dance Performance Training Course in collaboration with Edinburgh College (formally Jewel & Esk College). It is the longest running full-time dance course of its kind in Scotland that offers an HND in Professional Dance Performance plus complete professional dance and dance teacher training.
During the three-year course students are successfully trained to develop into versatile performers and teachers, gaining a thorough grounding in all the skills and techniques needed to pursue a long and varied career in dance. Click the tabs below for more info…
Dance For All is an Approved Centre for ISTD Training and the only Spanish Dance Society training centre in Scotland.
With us you can build upon your RAD Ballet & ISTD Tap & Modern examinations to Advanced Level 2.
We work in collaboration with Edinburgh College, an SQA approved centre, to gain your NQ Advanced Higher Dance; HNC and HND in Professional Dance Performance.
Genres taught include: RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, ISTD Modern, National, Spanish, Contemporary, Jazz, Street, Urban, commercial, plus Choreography, Singing and Musical Theatre with frequent performing opportunities for every student.
Get the full course details, fees & funding and download our Prospectus here…
Our talented graduates have progressed to work in choreography, musicals, TV & film, music videos, at theme parks such as Disneyland Paris, on cruise ships and joined dance companies, touring the world. Many go on to teach both nationally and internationally and have even established their own dance schools. Read more…
“The best three years of my life! I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and back into class.”
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Dance For All is based in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, UK and home to the Scottish Parliament; numerous universities, colleges, museums, art galleries and theatres; 471,000 residents and 12 official festivals including the Fringe which is the largest arts festival in the world.
Our studios are 10 minutes walk from the city centre. Transport Links & more…
Our comprehensive Dance Teacher Training includes:
ISTD dance teacher training (we are an Approved Centre for ISTD Training)
Diplomas in Dance Instruction (DDI)
Diplomas in Dance Education (DDE)
Trinity College’s Certificate in Safe & Effective Dance Practice
RAD teacher training placement and mentoring.
Essential contextual studies in Dance History and Appreciation, Anatomy, Physiology, Benesh Notation and the arts in general.
Get the full course details, fees & funding and download our Prospectus here…
During Winter & Spring we hold Auditions for entry to our Professional Course in the following September. Entry on the course is by audition and every year only limited spaces are available.
Each Audition day involves Ballet and Jazz workshops as well as your two minute audition. Find out more info and the date of our next Auditions…
Our Prospectus, Fees Info Pack, Application Form and further details are here.
Principal Director Tracy Hawkes leads an inspirational faculty of dance tutors, comprised of many of the most respected and renowned dance professionals in the business today.
Workshops and master-classes are also given by visiting choreographers, performers and directors. Meet our Staff…
Scotland’s renowned dance critic Kelly Apter said of our 2013 show:
The diversity was remarkable… I wasn’t bored for a single second
In the relatively intimate atmosphere of the school our students emerge at the end of their professional training as confident, positive, communicative and self disciplined individuals, with a very high professional standard and an excellent education for life.
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