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.

With the love, support and encouragement of the teaching staff, DSoD pupils will grow into confident young adults and who knows, some may become dancers and performers of the future.

Miss Dawn

LRAD, ARAD, AISTD, DB, MB, NB
Dumfries School-Partner & Ballet Teacher.
Dawn started dancing in 1975 at Karen Mitchell’s Prestwick Dance School and moved to Dansarena Studios when it opened in 1984.
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.

Karen Mitchell

A.R.A.D, R.T.S Examiner Royal Academy of DanceDumfries School of Dance Partner.
Karen has been a Grade examiner of The Royal Academy of Dance and has examined nationally and internationally for over 30 years.

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.

Nicola Charlesworth

RAD, RTS, AISTD, TB, MB
Friday Classes - All Genres
Nicola began dancing at the age of five performing in her first professional production ‘Mother Goose’ at the Forum Theatre, Wythenshawe, Manchester aged eight.
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.

Julia McMurdo

RAD RTS
Saturday Classes - all genres
Julia started ballet at the age of 3 with the Dumfries school of dance and joined jazz and tap classes at the age of 5.
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.