DANCE CLASSES

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 venue:-

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

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

  • Willowbrae Parish Church/New Restalrig Church, 1a Willowbrae Road, Edinburgh, EH8 7DB

We offer the following classes and dance styles:-

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD): Ballet

The Royal Academy of Dance’s internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments is 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 (“Jazz Fusion”)

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.

At The McPherson Dance Studio we combine our Modern Theatre classes with commercial and contemporary dance styles to create a Jazz Fusion class.

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD): Tap Dance

Tap Dance is an exciting, percussive, rhythmical dance form. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out a melody, with 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 screen and stage in musicals. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Tap exams and Medal Tests are recognised internationally for their quality and excellence.

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