The McPherson Dance Studio offers a variety of dance classes for adults and children in Edinburgh.  We cater for all ages and abilities and everyone is very welcome to join us at any time.  Why not join us for a FREE TRIAL class?

Classes are held in the North East Side of Edinburgh at the following venues near Hillside and Meadowbank:-

  • 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AQ
  • G25, St. Margaret’s House, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE.

We offer the following classes and dance styles:-

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD): Ballet

The McPherson Dance Studio follows The Royal Academy of Dance’s internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, outlining a progressive structure for learning and achievement in dance.

Students start with the Dance to Your Own Tune curriculum, move through Pre-Primary and Primary levels and then into eight Graded and six Vocational Graded levels. Students can move from Graded Examinations to Vocational Graded Examinations at an appropriate time; or they can study both pathways simultaneously.  Vocational Students should ideally be attending at least three hours of ballet study a week.

The graded ballet examinations consist of three dance disciplines:

Ballet – the foundation and the most important part of the syllabus

Free Movement – it has been influenced by and incorporates movements in common with other dance styles such as Natural Movement, Contemporary and Classical Greek Dance

Character – the theatrical presentation of national dance using original ethnic dance and music which has been freely adapted for the theatre. The three styles — Hungarian, Russian and Polish — were selected because of their historic importance in the development of the nineteenth century full-length classical ballets.

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD): Modern Theatre & Tap

The McPherson Dance Studio follows the ISTD syllabus for Modern Theatre and Tap.  The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards.

Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world.  It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities.  The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility.  This is a highly energetic dance style.

Tap has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.

Supplementary: Ballet Technique & Stretch

A useful and supplementary exercise programme; focusing on conditioning, strengthening, technique and flexibility.  This class provides a varied and comprehensive conditioning programme to assist the student’s dance training.

Private Tuition

Private tuition classes are offered to all students. Times and costs vary depending on the nature of the student’s requirements.


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