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Strathallan Ballerinas Dance to Success

Record numbers of dancers passed the national qualification in June

Dancers from Strathallan and Ardvreck passed their RAD Ballet exams last term with literal colours flying. A record number of twenty-five dancers took part in the exams ranging from RAD Primary to Intermediate in the last year of long-standing teacher Kimberley Stewart’s tutelage.

Taking over Kimberley’s dance programme this year is former English National Ballet dancer Kelly McCole. Kelly’s vast experience has also taken her to Ballet West, Central Ballet School, Birnam Arts, Dollar Dance, and MGA, and saw her as finalist for the Adeline Genee award and winner of the RAD Solo Seal. Kelly joins Robyn Goodfellow, Musical Theatre Graduate of Cambridge Performing Arts and former student of Debbie Reynolds dance school in LA, whose work has seen her dancing and choreographing for stage, TV, film and musical productions. Offering Dance as part of Strathallan’s Games programme for senior pupils, as well as over 20 classes throughout the week, including Highland, Scottish Country, Ballet, Jazz and Commercial dance styles, Strathallan’s dance programme prepares its young dancers for exam work, choreography and a wide range of dance techniques.

Strathallan Director of Sport Audrey Sime said:

“We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our young dancers last year, and look forward to following their progress again this year. With Kelly in place, we can look forward to continuing to expand the range and quality of our dance offering, supporting pupils for whom dance is their passion.”

Kelly McCole, Robyn Goodfellow and Alison Duthie offer a broad and complimentary depth of expertise, taking junior and senior classes and acting as in-house choreographers for dance shows and school musicals. From classical ballet technique to contemporary choreography, the school offers specialist support for those wishing to continue their dance studies at a higher level.

Strathallan dancers study the Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabus, and the school currently offers classes from Primary to vocational Advanced 1. Highland Dance pupils will perform at a variety of events, supporting the school’s Pipe Band around the country. Strathallan encourages their young dancers to further their dance if they wish to, and currently has pupils attending Scottish Ballet Associate Scheme and The Royal Conservatoire Modern Ballet programme alongside their studies.

Aspiring dancers are invited to visit the school’s purpose-built dance studio at Strathallan’s next Open Day on Saturday 12th October 2019. Visit www.strathallan.co.uk/open-days for more information.