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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 nurture our students and pupils.

Principal Director

Tracy Hawkes RTS ARAD SDS IdB(1) founded DANCE FOR ALL in 1985 after performing and teaching 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 an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) and is the only Spanish Dance Society qualified teacher in Scotland. In 2000 Dance For All amalgamated with the prestigious Theatre School of Dance to offer full-time professional stage dance and dance teacher training. Tracy teaches on the full-time course and some weekly classes: RAD Ballet, SDS Flamenco and Drop-In Adult Ballet. Directing an inspirational faculty of dance tutors, Tracy promotes excellence and enjoyment in all forms of dance training within the intimate, supportive and welcoming atmosphere of Dance For All Theatre School. Find out more About Dance For All.

Studio Manager & Administrator

Adult Dance Classes Beginners to Advanced, Child & Teen Dance Classes, Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.Jenny Lewis is the Studio Manager and School & College Administrator. Skillfully managing our studios and office, Jenny is also the main contact for information. Jenny is a helpful source of support for all of our students involved in the full-time course, as well as those attending our weekly adult classes and families attending our child and teen weekly dance classes. You can reach the office by phone on 0131 226 5533 or email.

 

 

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Professional Course Tutors

RAD BALLET, SDS SPANISH DANCE

Principal Director Tracy Hawkes RTS ARAD SDS IdB(1) founded DANCE FOR ALL in 1985 after performing and teaching 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 an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) and is the only Spanish Dance Society qualified teacher in Scotland. In 2000 Dance For All amalgamated with the prestigious Theatre School of Dance to offer full-time professional stage dance and dance teacher training. Directing an inspirational faculty of dance tutors, Tracy promotes excellence and enjoyment in all forms of dance training within the intimate, supportive and welcoming atmosphere of Dance For All Theatre School.

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.

COMMERCIAL, JAZZ & MUSICAL THEATRE

Beth Manderson, originally from North Wales, gained her BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre degree from Arts Educational School London. Beth has toured the UK with lead roles in musicals Oklahoma and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and she has starred in musicals and pantomimes at several Welsh and English theatres, including: AladdinCinderella and Robin Hood. Before embarking on her teaching career, she also toured Europe with a lead role in the musical Fame and has seen the world, performing aboard P&O Cruises.

Beverley Maule

Biography coming soon…

 

 

 

 

Stephen Dillon

Biography coming soon…

 

 

 

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Vassia Bouchagiar 

Born into a dancing family, with both parents being dance teachers and owning their own dance school on the island of Corfu in Greece, Vassia Bouchagiar literally took her first steps in a dance studio. She completed her professional training (BA in Dance and Dance Instruction) at ‘’Rallou Manou’’ Professional Dance School in Athens, Greece and went on to further her professional skills by attending numerous accredited workshops and seminars in ballet, contemporary dance and contact improvisation throughout her career. Vassia has 13 years of teaching and choreographing experience in various styles. Apart from teaching at the family dance school and choreographing for the school’s annual shows and its contemporary dance company, she has also worked closely with Corfu’s Municipal Theatre, delivering dance and kinesiology workshops to actors on an annual basis. Among the numerous productions she has choreographed over the years are: The Nutcracker, The Snow Queen, Annie the Musical, The Pink Floyd Project and Cosmogenesis in collaboration with the Astronomical Society of Corfu. Currently Vassia is studying for a Masters degree in Dance Science and Education with the Edinburgh University.

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.ISTD NATIONAL DANCE

Claire Quinn

Biography coming soon…

 

 

 

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.ISTD TAP, JAZZ

Originally from the west coast, Irene Allison RAD Teaching Diploma, AISTD, ASDTA, trained at the Theatre School of Dance and Drama. Following extensive touring in the USA as a Gathering of the Clans dancer, Irene returned to Scotland to teach. Irene was one of the first tutors to join Dance For All in the mid 1990’s. Providing Higher Dance tuition, special needs teaching and specialist day training for the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance, she has been teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern for many years, throughout the Lothians. She has also performed in a wide variety of shows, including Kiss me Kate and Brigadoon at the Edinburgh Kings Theatre and her choreography work includes Hatwalk, in collaboration with Stephen Wren.

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.RAD BALLET AND RAD BENESH

Jonathan Burnett trained at the Royal Ballet School, the Hammond School and then Heriot Watt University. He has won numerous awards, including the LAMDA Gold Medal Drama and RAD Solo Seal Award. Performing internationally for a variety of dance companies, Jonathan has built up an extensive career, holding many soloist roles, including ballets by Domy Reiter Soffer, Auguste Bournonville, Royston Maldoom, Nils Christe & Charles Czarny. His diverse experience also ranges to choreography and directing creative workshops, while his work with Vestris New-Mime & Dance Theatre won Best New Work and he was nominated for Best Actor at the 1992/3 Springfield Theatre Club Awards in London. Jonathan has held over 50 diverse roles for the Irish National Ballet, including soloist and choreographer, and he has also worked with the Royal Carré Theatre, Citizens Theatre and Lindsay Kemp Company, returning to America each summer as guest choreographer at the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory’s Summer School.

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.ISTD MODERN & ISTD TAP DANCE

Lesley Wood is a Fellow and Examiner of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and as such she is one of the most experienced and respected teachers in the country. She is also an External Verifier with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and a faculty member of the Performing Arts Department at Motherwell College. She is Principal of the Dance Factory in Glasgow and is a renowned choreographer, working with the BBC, Scottish Television and Scottish Opera. In addition, she has choreographed numerous productions, including: Footloose, We Will Rock You, Rent, Our House, Witches of Eastwick, Songs for a New World, Jekyll and Hyde and Children of Eden.

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.JAZZ & MUSICAL THEATRE

Trained at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester, Nicky Pyrah AISTD, AIDTA has worked numerous cruise contracts, including with the Royal Caribbean, Princess and Costa Cruise lines. She has performed throughout the UK with ElliTe Productions and was a dancer on the Kylie Mania UK tour. After falling in love with Edinburgh, Nicky now teaches at local dance schools, including her own, Dynam-nic Dance, in Craiglockart. Photo – Michael Tutthil

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.RAD BALLET, BODY CONDITIONING

Following training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee, Peter Twyman CBTS RAD completed his BPA(Hons) at the NSCD in Leeds. Peter began teaching in Edinburgh in 2006 and has taught on the RAD Boys Only! Weekend Workshop since 2010. He has worked with the Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Frankfort Ballet, Canadian Opera Company, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre and the White Oak Dance Company on their summer courses and workshops. Regularly choreographing dances for our shows, Peter also works with Edinburgh Ballet Circle, organises local charity events for McDonald’s and choreographs the junior and senior displays with Kestrel Gymnastics Club who tour and compete throughout the UK. Peter has also performed with Edinburgh’s charitable amateur dance and dramatic organisations, including Tempo, The Bohemians, Showcase and Southern Light Orchestra in shows such as the King & IWizard of Oz and West Side Story.

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.RAD BALLET, JAZZ & URBAN DANCE,
STAGE MAKE-UP, ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Samm Baigrie RAD RTS BA(Hons) has taught at DFA since 1998 and regularly choreographs for both our school and professional course productions. Holding a BA Hons in Dance Education and RAD Registered Teacher status, Samm has also been Head of Dance at Edinburgh’s Royal High School since 2001. She is a qualified SQA Assessor and SQA Internal Verifier, a Certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher, a Higher Dance Teacher and Safe Dance Practice tutor. She has tutored at Stevenson College and for numerous community and charitable organisations, often choreographing project shows. Other choreography work includes productions such as Fame for BSkyB and We Will Rock You for the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her teaching and performance work has taken her to Mauritius, Greece and Portugal and she is a regular judge for Live and Unsigned.

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.SINGING, MUSICAL THEATRE, ACTING

Steven Wren ALCM, LTCL, BA(Hons) has been teaching at Dance for All since 2002. As an actor, singer and musical director for 25 years, he brings with him a wealth of experience from such companies as 7:84, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Dundee Rep, Perth Theatre, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the Byre Theatre St Andrews. He has taught singing at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh’s Telford College and on the Master’s in Musical Theatre degree course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formally the RSAMD -Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). His repertoire is primarily theatrical and he is certified in the Estill method of voice production.

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.CURRICULUM TUTOR FOR ISTD: DIPLOMA OF DANCE INSTRUCTION (DDI) and DIPLOMA OF DANCE EDUCATION (DDE)

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dancing in Knightsbridge and gaining her licentiate in ballet, Susan Harvey went on to achieve her LISTD and a BA(Hons). She has a vast range of styles in her repertoire and currently teaches the academic modules of DDI and DDE on our Professional Course. Susan has nearly 40 years of teaching and choreographic experience including her own sell out show Silver at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End of London. Currently Susan is studying for a Masters degree in Dance Science and Education at Edinburgh University.

Steven Berkoff is Dance For All's first PatronPATRON: STEVEN BERKOFF

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…

 

HEAD OF FACULTY, CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, Edinburgh College, Milton Road Campus

Jakki Jeffery, the Head of Faculty Creative Industries, is responsible for liaison between Edinburgh College and Dance for All at the Theatre School. Jakki manages the NQ, HNC and HND in Professional Dance Performance and advises on Edinburgh College’s facilities and policies.

 

Professional Dance Training and Dance Teacher Training at Dance For All, Edinburgh.

View Edinburgh College’s website and Student Life details. Jakki can be contacted via the college switchboard on 0131 669 4400 or by email: jakki.jeffery@edinburghcollege.ac.uk.

Jewel & Esk College merged with Telford and Stevenson on the 1st October 2012 to form the new Edinburgh College.

 

Child & Teen Class Teachers

Child & Teen Dance Classes, RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Jazz, Spanish Flamenco & Contemporary at Dance For All, EdinburghRAD BALLET, SDS SPANISH DANCE

Principal Director Tracy Hawkes RTS ARAD SDS IdB(1) founded DANCE FOR ALL in 1985 after performing and teaching 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 an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) and is the only Spanish Dance Society qualified teacher in Scotland. In 2000 Dance For All amalgamated with the prestigious Theatre School of Dance to offer full-time professional stage dance and dance teacher training. Directing an inspirational faculty of dance tutors, Tracy promotes excellence and enjoyment in all forms of dance training within the intimate, supportive and welcoming atmosphere of Dance For All Theatre School.

 

Child & Teen Dance Classes, RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Jazz, Spanish Flamenco & Contemporary at Dance For All, EdinburghRAD BALLET, JAZZ

Charlotte Nicol trained on Dance For All’s Professional Stage Dance Course. Following teaching at a local Edinburgh dance school, she now teaches RAD Ballet and Jazz Dance to children here at Dance For All and in Livingston at a local dance school run by her friend and fellow DFA graduate Leanne Mallace.

 

 

 

Child & Teen Dance Classes, RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Jazz, Spanish Flamenco & Contemporary at Dance For All, EdinburghISTD TAP, JAZZ

Originally from the west coast, Irene Allison RAD Teaching Diploma, AISTD, ASDTA, trained at the Theatre School of Dance and Drama. Following extensive touring in the USA as a Gathering of the Clans dancer, Irene returned to Scotland to teach. Irene was one of the first tutors to join Dance For All in the mid 1990’s. Providing Higher Dance tuition, special needs teaching and specialist day training for the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance, she has been teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern for many years, throughout the Lothians. She has also performed in a wide variety of shows, including Kiss me Kate and Brigadoon at the Edinburgh Kings Theatre and her choreography work includes Hatwalk, in collaboration with Stephen Wren.

 

Child & Teen Dance Classes, RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Jazz, Spanish Flamenco & Contemporary at Dance For All, EdinburghRAD BALLET, ISTD TAP, JAZZ

Following training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee, Peter Twyman CBTS RAD completed his BPA(Hons) at the NSCD in Leeds. Peter began teaching in Edinburgh in 2006 and has taught on the RAD Boys Only! Weekend Workshop since 2010. He has worked with the Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Frankfort Ballet, Canadian Opera Company, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre and the White Oak Dance Company on their summer courses and workshops. Regularly choreographing dances for our shows, Peter also works with Edinburgh Ballet Circle, organises local charity events for McDonald’s and choreographs the junior and senior displays with Kestrel Gymnastics Club who tour and compete throughout the UK. Peter has also performed with Edinburgh’s charitable amateur dance and dramatic organisations, including Tempo, The Bohemians, Showcase and Southern Light Orchestra in shows such as the King & IWizard of Oz and West Side Story.

 

Child & Teen Dance Classes, RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Jazz, Spanish Flamenco & Contemporary at Dance For All, EdinburghRAD BALLET, JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY

Samm Baigrie RAD RTS BA(Hons) has taught at DFA since 1998 and regularly choreographs for both our school and professional course productions. Holding a BA Hons in Dance Education and RAD Registered Teacher status, Samm has also been Head of Dance at Edinburgh’s Royal High School since 2001. She is a qualified SQA Assessor and SQA Internal Verifier, a Certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher, a Higher Dance Teacher and Safe Dance Practice tutor.. She has tutored at Stevenson College and for numerous community and charitable organisations, often choreographing project shows. Other choreography work includes productions such as Fame for BSkyB and We Will Rock You for the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her teaching and performance work has taken her to Mauritius, Greece and Portugal and she is a regular judge for Live and Unsigned.

Adult Weekly Class Teachers

Adult Dance Classes, Beginners to Advanced Level at Dance For All, Edinburgh: Jazz, Tap, Spanish Flamenco, Yoga, Pilates & Drop in Ballet.RAD BALLET, SDS SPANISH DANCE

Principal Director Tracy Hawkes RTS ARAD SDS IdB(1) founded DANCE FOR ALL in 1985 after performing and teaching 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 an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) and is the only Spanish Dance Society qualified teacher in Scotland. In 2000 Dance For All amalgamated with the prestigious Theatre School of Dance to offer full-time professional stage dance and dance teacher training. Directing an inspirational faculty of dance tutors, Tracy promotes excellence and enjoyment in all forms of dance training within the intimate, supportive and welcoming atmosphere of Dance For All Theatre School.

 

Adult Dance Classes, Beginners to Advanced Level at Dance For All, Edinburgh: Jazz, Tap, Spanish Flamenco, Yoga, Pilates & Drop in Ballet.TAP

Lis Mackie MA Hons, RAD Teaching Diploma has a wealth of experience teaching RAD ballet, tap, jazz, pilates and contemporary dance. Lis has taught Adult Tap classes at DFA Theatre School since 2002 and she recently completed the BodyControl Pilates Matwork Teacher Training course. For many years she combined stage and screen work with dance/movement teaching and freelance choreography, principally for actors and youth theatre participants, and she was delighted to be awarded the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Professional Recognition in Dance and Drama.

 

Adult Dance Classes, Beginners to Advanced Level at Dance For All, Edinburgh: Jazz, Tap, Spanish Flamenco, Yoga, Pilates & Drop in Ballet.YOGA

Lynne Scott has been practising yoga for 30 years. In 1979 she completed her yoga teacher training with Yoga Scotland. In 2003 she completed the four year Yoga and Yoga Therapy training with Viniyoga Britain (now the Association for Yoga Studies). Lynne is an accredited teacher for the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation and was a tutor for six years on the Yoga Scotland teacher training course. She teaches In-Service training days for yoga teachers for Yoga Scotland, the Association for Yoga Studies, and the British Wheel of Yoga. Lynne’s website

 

Adult Dance Classes, Beginners to Advanced Level at Dance For All, Edinburgh: Jazz, Tap, Spanish Flamenco, Yoga, Pilates & Drop in Ballet.TAP, JAZZ, DROP-IN BALLET

Following training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee, Peter Twyman CBTS RAD completed his BPA(Hons) at the NSCD in Leeds. Peter began teaching in Edinburgh in 2006 and has taught on the RAD Boys Only! Weekend Workshop since 2010. He has worked with the Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Frankfort Ballet, Canadian Opera Company, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre and the White Oak Dance Company on their summer courses and workshops. Regularly choreographing dances for our shows, Peter also works with Edinburgh Ballet Circle, organises local charity events for McDonald’s and choreographs the junior and senior displays with Kestrel Gymnastics Club who tour and compete throughout the UK. Peter has also performed with Edinburgh’s charitable amateur dance and dramatic organisations, including Tempo, The Bohemians, Showcase and Southern Light Orchestra in shows such as the King & IWizard of Oz and West Side Story.

 

Adult Dance Classes, Beginners to Advanced Level at Dance For All, Edinburgh: Jazz, Tap, Spanish Flamenco, Yoga, Pilates & Drop in Ballet.PILATES

Lis Mackie MA Hons, RAD Teaching Diploma has a wealth of experience teaching RAD ballet, tap, jazz, pilates and contemporary dance. Lis has taught Adult Tap classes at DFA Theatre School since 2002 and she recently completed the BodyControl Pilates Matwork Teacher Training course. For many years she combined stage and screen work with dance/movement teaching and freelance choreography, principally for actors and youth theatre participants, and she was delighted to be awarded the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Professional Recognition in Dance and Drama.

 

Pianists

Dance For All is proud to have these accomplished pianists playing live at many of our classes: Jeanette Morrison, Helen Laird and William Mowatt Thosmon.

Supplementary Staff

Dance For All have a number of professional freelance staff who provide a range of services, from photography, lighting & film to workshops and masterclasses led by specially invited choreographers, performers and directors currently working in the industry. This website plus our Twitter and Facebook pages are maintained by Jeda Pearl Creative, who also help to produce our printed materials and press releases.

PATRON: STEVEN BERKOFF

Steven Berkoff is Dance For All's first Patron

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…

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