The school is there to provide sound dance training for children in the surrounding areas, to give them the opportunity to take examinations and also the chance to perform. Moray Dance believes in a good balance between discipline and enjoyment of dance within the class and believes that giving the pupils something to work towards is key. Scotland is filled with naturally talented children and we hope to video lessons of modern dance for children able to nurture and give these talents a chance to improve and develop, dance is something we are very passionate about and want to pass this on to the pupils of the Moray Dance School. For the past 13 years Ros has run and organised summer schools for dance children, concentrating on developing the performance aspect of the week.
Ros started Moray Dance in 2010 and it has gone from strength to strength, offering unrivalled dance tuition in the local area. Since its conception Moray Dance has performed at local community and charity events, staged two very successful shows and put hundreds of children through RAD, ISTD and BATD examinations. We have seen students move on to well known colleges in London and Scotland to pursue careers in dance. We have annual theatre visits and support several charities each year. Moray Dance has also just embarked on a two year sponsorship of Harley, a black Labrador guide puppy to get him through his training. Most of all Moray Dance has had the pleasure of seeing all our students flourish, appreciating difference styles of dance, keeping fit and developing into really lovely young people. In our fourth year we are welcoming three new members of staff who will be working alongside Miss Stephanie and Roy.
Stephanie grew up in Germany with her parents and started dancing from the age of seven and came to live in Scotland in 2000. Stephanie has taught full time performing art students and school age pupils, both in the UK and Hong Kong where she gained valuable experience from DMR School of Ballet. Returning to Scotland Stephanie still teaches for the North Aberdeenshire Dance School in Old Meldrum and Tarvis, Gordonstoun Private School and of course Moray Dance. Sheryl’s passion is dance – whether it be performing, teaching, or choreographing. Having grown up in the Speyside village of Rothes, Sheryl showed a talent and love for dancing taking classes in highland dancing and ballet from the age of 6. As she grew so did her love for dance and was thrilled at aged 17 to be accepted to study at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee. Working under the stewardship of some of the country’s finest instructors led by Peter Royston.
Sheryl studied many dance forms including jazz, street, commercial, capoeira, ballet and contemporary. Hollie Simpson Hollie’s passion is teaching dance. Having danced herself since she was 3 years old she has taken classes and exams in various genres including ballet, jazz, tap, freestyle, hip-hop and contemporary. Hollie attended Dance Studio Scotland in Glasgow and then returned to Elgin to pursue her teaching dream. Since then she has taught overseas, as well as currently being involved in the active schools programme within Moray, teaching at Performers UK Inverness and of course Moray Dance! Rhowan is enrolled on the RAD CBTS teaching programme. Taking an examination gives the pupil something to focus on, raises the general standard within the class and provides a benchmark to aim for.
Moray Dance Uniforms Once children have been enrolled and are happy in the class the following uniform will be required. These uniforms will also be worn for examinations and any class presentations. Boys: white t shirt and blue shorts, white socks and white leather ballet shoes. 2 Girls: will wear the lilac RAD leotard, pink ankle socks, pink leather ballet shoes and for all grades from Grade 1 will need a black mid calf character skirt and black canvas character shoes.