Meet The Team
At the Dumfries School of Dance we pride ourselves on our commitment to our pupils.
It is our aim to nurture and inspire our young dancers and to help them to develop their potential to the full.
We have a great faculty of dance teachers who work very well as a team. This gives students the opportunity to increase the diversity and creativity of their dance skills in a variety of genres.
We want all our pupils to … SHINE BRIGHT’ and to aspire to reach whatever goals they may dream of achieving.
LRAD, ARAD, AISTD, DB, MB, NB
Dumfries School-Partner & Ballet Teacher.
At seventeen Dawn successfully auditioned for the prestigious three year teacher training diploma course at the Royal Academy of Dance, College in London. In her third year there, she won the ‘Generosity of Spirit’ prize in recognition of her passion and love of dance teaching.
She has been teaching at Dumfries since her graduation from College in 1993 and has managed the school for over 12 years and relishes her role as Business Partner.
Dawn is a mentor for the RAD CBTS Teacher Training Programme and is also a mentor for the RAD’s Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teachers Certificate.
She feels privileged and blessed that she is able to pass on her expertise and love of dance to all her pupils.
A.R.A.D, R.T.S Examiner Royal Academy of DanceDumfries School of Dance Partner.
She is now also a Standardisation examiner for the R.A.D. and through her R.A.D. Examining connections, has given classes to teachers and children all over the world.
Karen has been appointed as a Mentor for the CBTS Teacher Training Programme. She is also an R.A.D Tutor for the Pre Primary in Dance as well as the new Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate syllabi.
RAD, RTS, AISTD, TB, MB
Friday Classes - All Genres
Aged eleven Nicola moved to Troon and started at Ayr’s very own Dansarena Studios where she studied Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. Nicola passed all her R.A.D Ballet exams up to Advanced 1 level but particularly excelled in Modern and Tap gaining distinction for her Advanced 2 Tap.
Nicola successfully gained a place at Stella Mann college but decided to take the teaching route instead. Through Dansarena she did her teacher training graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2002 and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in 2003.
She also works closely with Active Schools taking dance into the local primary schools.
BA HONS' IN PERFORMING ARTSThursday & Friday Classes - All Genres
Jennifer gained professional dance experience for two years including contracts at Disneyland Paris and a UK Pantomime tour of Aladdin.
Jennifer joined the Dumfries school of dance in 2013 as Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Musical Theatre teacher. She is currently studying with the Royal Academy of Dance to gain a Professional Dancer’s Postgraduate Teaching Certificate.
Saturday Classes - all genres
She has performed in the last 3 pantomimes at DGOne as a senior dancer, swing and principle dancer.
After leaving Dumfries High School in 2012 Julia went on to study at Dumfries and Galloway college where she Graduated in June 2013 with an HNC in Fitness, Health and Exercise.
We have been delighted with Julia’s progress on the Royal Academy of Dance CBTS course which she started in January 2014 and recently completed and is now an RAD RTS Qualified Teacher.
BACK STAGE - ADMINISTRATOR
Julie has run the Shows Backstage Team since 2014.
“I enjoy showtime & the excitement it brings although my main priority is to make sure all the children are safe and of course happy.”