The McPherson Dance Studio offers a variety of dance classes for adults and children in Berwick Upon Tweed and Edinburgh.  We cater for all ages and abilities and everyone is very welcome to join us at any time.  

Classes are held in Berwick Upon Tweed at the following venues:-

  • Berwick Baptist Church, Golden Square, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 1BG

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

  • 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AQ
  • Greenside Church, 1b Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB

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 

The McPherson Dance Studio follows the ISTD syllabus for Modern Theatre.  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.

Progressing Ballet Technique

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening programme that has been designed to enhance students’ technique in all forms of dance by focusing on training the muscle memory required.  It is an innovative programme that helps students with core strength, weight placement and alignment.  It helps with injury prevention and rehabilitation and enhances the ability of students to perform their best.

Find out more here.

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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