Looking for professional dance training in Scotland? With decades of experience, Dance For All is a leading vocational dance college.
Our 3-year full-time college course incorporates:
…all into one dynamic, award-winning accredited course – which is the longest-running course of its kind in Scotland.
Our renowned tutors on our full-time course can equip you with all the academic qualifications, tuition, support and guidance required for a long, varied and successful dance career.
Our talented graduates have progressed to work in choreography, musicals, TV & film, music videos, at theme parks such as Disneyland Paris, in 5* hotels, 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 graduate success stories.
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 professional dance training and classes were offered for nearly four decades, training a large majority of Scottish dancers, teachers and choreographers.
Our three-year course is run in collaboration with Edinburgh College and takes pride in furthering each individual student’s qualifications and training gained at their previous dance schools.
Based in Edinburgh, Dance For All is a hub of expertise which offers all the support of a professionally accredited school, equipping our students with the sound, reputable training that is essential for a thriving and diverse career in the dance profession.
“Join Us! With your hard work, flair and dedication, we will reward your unique talent with unsurpassed knowledge, skilled artistry, accredited qualifications, the finest training and an unrivalled dance college experience.”
Tracy Hawkes, Principal Director RTS ARAD SDS IdB(1) Tracy has performed and taught extensively in schools and dance companies here and abroad, including Basic Space Dance Theatre, Napac Ballet and Durban City Ballet. Find out more about Tracy and her inspirational faculty…
“Training at dance for all was an incredible experience. It quite literally changed my life and provided me with the crucial training I needed!”
“I struggled with many styles of dance as I basically began from scratch. But the hard work and the exceptionally amazing staff’s dedication, patience and determination helped me majorly! It was fantastic to attend Dance School in the heart of Edinburgh and I made some true friends for life.”
Robert Wilson graduated in 2014. Since then he has moved to London, auditioning successfully to work on many different projects including Bollywood films; music videos; Mary Poppins popup events; and performances with the commercial flash mob troupe, Club Mob. Robert is delighted to be joining the cast of A Night of Dirty Dancing for a UK Tour commencing in January. Read more college reviews…
What do you love most about our training?
“The size of the college & amount of people in classes. You’re very hard working, give enthusiastic training whilst feeling like one big family. It’s reassuring as a parent to feel that your child is very well known & cared about.”
What’s the most important thing people should know about us?
“That you provide a safe, warm, family environment whilst providing excellent professional training which has a proven record for leading to employment, which is the ultimate goal of the full-time students.”
What do you love most about your training?
“It is a full timetable every day.”
What’s the most important thing people should know about us?
“The training is just as good as well known colleges down south!”
What helped you make the decision to choose Dance For All?
“The success of past graduates and what they had to offer.”
What do you love most about your training?
“Doing something I love every day. There is such a wide variety in the styles of dance on offer that you are constantly learning and building technique in so many different ways.”
What’s the most important thing people should know about us?
“That we are dance FOR ALL. There’s something for everybody, no matter what style or age group – DFA all the way!”
During our three-year full-time course students are extensively trained to develop into versatile performers and teachers, gaining a thorough grounding in all the skills, techniques and qualifications needed to pursue their careers.
Dance For All is an officially Approved Centre for teacher training, vocational and professional qualifications and all students are given the opportunity to gain both nationally and internationally recognised academic and teaching qualifications (click tabs below):
NC Level 6 Dance, HNC and HND in Professional Dance Performance, in collaboration with Edinburgh College, an SQA approved centre. Edinburgh College website >
Students may enter examinations with the following societies:
Royal Academy of Dance: RAD Ballet to professional level Advanced 2
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing: ISTD Modern, Tap and National to professional level Advanced 2
Spanish Dance Society: SDS Syllabus – Dance For All is the only Spanish Dance Society training centre in Scotland.
We are an Approved Centre for ISTD Training and our comprehensive Dance Teacher Training includes:
ISTD Diplomas in Dance Instruction (DDI)
ISTD Diplomas in Dance Education (DDE)
Trinity College’s Certificate in Safe & Effective Dance Practice
Placement and mentoring for those wishing to train as an RAD teacher
These qualifications are considered essential qualifications in the world of dance teaching and are recognised internationally.
Preparing our students for the full spectrum of life in the professional dance industry, at our core we teach some of the world’s leading dance syllibi. Click the tabs the tabs below:
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 & National 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 world’s 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 >
We teach our students a wide variety of key dance industry genres including:
Principal Director Tracy Hawkes leads an inspirational faculty of highly experienced and qualified dance tutors, comprised of many of the most respected and renowned dance professionals in the business today. Each member of staff is dedicated to imparting their extensive knowledge, skill and artistry to the students.
Workshops and masterclasses are frequently given by visiting guest choreographers, performers and directors currently working in the profession, offering our students a chance to experience first-hand the current styles and trends. Meet our inspirational staff…
Annual performances include Go Dance in Glasgow which brings together over 1000 dancers, our Spring Fling and our End of Year Showcase featuring solos from our graduating 3yrs. Our students are invited to perform at numerous events throughout the year.
Organisations’ outdoor and indoor events we have performed at include:
Our students have danced in front of numerous VIPs, including Scotland’s renowned dance critic Kelly Apter. Of our recent show, she said:
The diversity was remarkable… I wasn’t bored for a single second
In addition to all the practical dance work, students pursue a range of essential Contextual Studies in Dance History and Appreciation, Anatomy, Physiology, Benesh Notation and the arts in general.
Every year there is a college trip to London with a packed schedule which encompasses: visits to West End theatre shows and any current dance related exhibitions; a visit to the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden; and dance workshops with accomplished choreographers, performers and dance captains from current West End Shows at Pineapple Dance Studios.
In the relatively intimate atmosphere of the school our students emerge at the end of their course as confident, positive, communicative and self- disciplined individuals, with a very high professional standard and an excellent education for life.
Entry on the course is purely by audition. Whilst previous dance training is preferable, there are no specific qualifications required to apply for a place on our course (click the tabs below).
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. Audition & Apply…
Every Winter we hold an Open Day for prospective students. Booking is required as there is an interactive workshop as part of the day. Find out when our next Open Day is…
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.
Dance For All’s professional dance graduates are three times more likely to get a job in the performing arts industry and 35 times more likely to win an overseas contract than their peers.
We are often contacted by dance agencies and production companies, so we stay in touch with our alumni throughout their careers, keeping them up-to-date with job opportunities, casting calls & auditions, funding sources, industry events and more.
Read about all our Graduates’ Success from 2002-today… or check out the press coverage (blog post links) below.
“What is it about Dance For All that is guaranteeing its students’ such glittering careers in a tough industry?”
– asks Edinburgh reporter Gemma Fraser. Read Gemma’s interview with our Artistic Director, Tracy Hawkes, in the Evening News…
More Press Coverage:
“I learnt so much and it really prepared me for setting out into the dance industry…”
“Dance for All was the best and quickest 3 years of my life! I learnt so much and it really prepared me for setting out into the dance industry. I have achieved so much since leaving college; amazing jobs, contracts abroad and lots of great opportunities and I really have DFA to thank for the amazing training, teaching me all the different dance genres, gaining my teaching qualifications, and giving me all the knowledge I need to know about the dance world. The tutors are so experienced and passionate about what they teach that it brings out the best in everyone and gives you a great foundation to start your career. I would recommend anyone who is wanting a career in dancing, whether it be performing or teaching, DFA is the place for you.”
Lisa Aytoun, graduated 2010. Lisa has performed abroad and around the UK, including: the MOBO Awards Ceremony; for singer Scarlette Fever; representing Scotland at the 2010 European championships in Sweden; Bollywood films, music videos, adverts & theatre shows around India; the Sunshine on Leith film and UK tour of Clockwork. When in Scotland Lisa teaches dance and coaches gymnastics.
“Dance For All has made all my dreams come true… the best 3 years of my life!”
“Dance For All has made all my dreams come true with the help of their talented staff and many varied genres in all performance based styles. They help me achieve many of my goals throughout my three years of being there and I now run a very successful performance school with students who now want to go on and become successful dancers/teachers. If I could, I would do 3 more years again of training as it was definitely the best 3 years of my life! I can’t thank you enough Dance For All, I’m so grateful. ”
Sarah Huguet, graduated 2011. Sarah quickly realised her ambitious dream after graduating and opened her own dance school, Huguet Boogie Performance, teaching adults and children in Tranent & Direlton.
“It has given me so much confidence going into the working world knowing that no new style is going to phase me…”
“Training at Dance For All was a fantastic three years for me. All of the teaching staff really pushed me to reach my full potential and constantly reminded me that the more you put in to your training, the more you get out – which is probably the most valuable lesson I learned in my time there. I feel so lucky to have been given such a versatile training because it has given me so much confidence going into the working world knowing that no new style is going to phase me. Also, being able to study DDI/DDE teaching qualifications alongside performing is great because it widens your employment and career opportunities. The intimate environment of Dance For All means you get so much one-to-one tuition within classes and establish great relationships with all of your teachers and classmates. I am so grateful for the great training I received and I know it will continue to stand me in good stead for the rest of my dance career.”
Claire Grieve, graduated 2013. Like many of her fellow graduates, Claire made it through tough auditions to win a contract aboard very soon after graduating. Her first performance contract was at five-star luxury hotel in the Caribbean, Claire has since returned to the Caribbean on dance contracts twice. Read her story on our blog…
Find out what life is like at Dance For All and how our course prepares you for life in the dance industry – read more Student Testimonials…
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 in Stockbridge, 10 minutes walk from the city centre. Find out more about Edinburgh and our transport links…
Our course is run in collaboration with Edinburgh College. This enables our students to access student funding for the following components of our course:
and access additional student services, while benefiting from the unique atmosphere and additional training of a dedicated dance school.
Your training will be based at our Stockbridge studios, but as a student of Edinburgh College, you will also have access to their campus facilities, including:
Edinburgh College, an SQA approved centre. Edinburgh College website >
Supplementary fees for the vocational elements of our course can be paid in instalments and students eligible with SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland) will also be eligible to apply for a student loan (HNC & HND – 2nd & 3rd year) and possibly also a student bursary. This funding can help with travel expenses, equipment costs and, if over 18, a maintenance payment may be given, dependent on individual financial circumstances. You may also want to explore Edinburgh College’s funding & fees advice and for English, Welsh, N. Irish and EU students, please see the Scottish Government’s student financial help information which has guidance and links to the relevant funding bodies.
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Students have come from all over Scotland, from the Orkney islands to the Scottish Borders. We have also welcomed national and international students from Ireland, England and Europe.
Since the year 2000 our professional course has gone from strength to strength, our student body and faculty growing each year. Built on a strong foundation, with decades of industry experience, we have an inspirational faculty of tutors who are dedicated to providing our students with the finest training available today.
In 2010, the silver anniversary of Dance For All, 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…
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