Welcome to

Welcome to
Southside School of Dance

Established in January 2005 by Louise Squires A.I.S.T.D B.A Hons, Southside Dance aims to provide children with opportunities to learn the joy of dance, in a fun, friendly and safe environment. We pride ourselves in our professional, caring approach to dance training and education with expert tutition from RAD and I.S.T.D. qualified teahers, Southside Dance offers a truly comprehensive dance training for all ages and abilities

We are committed to delivering high quality dance training whether that be simply for fitness, fun, confidence building or making friends or in preparation for entering the arts on a professional level. There really is something for everyone at Southside Dance.

We offer instruction in a wide range of dance styles in Midlothian and the Borders including I.S.T.D. Ballet, Modern, Tap, Street Dance, Contemporary and Acro classes. We also offer a series of adult dance and fitness classes. Children have the opportunity to enter I.S.T.D. recognised examinations as well as perform in school shows.


I am so delighted to announce we will reopen on Monday 14th September 2020.

Online Booking will be available from Tuesday 1st September 2020. You will be sent a link to click on to book your lessons. Please note many of our classes have reduced class numbers so it is essential that you book your lessons as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please inform me if you no longer wish to continue with lessons so I can make you inactive on the school system and take you off the mailing list.

As you click on the link you will be taken to our new policies, which you will need to sign and agree to these before you can book your lessons. Please note there has been a small increase in fees for anyone taking 2 or more classes. The discount of £1 has been removed from the second class with the discount still applicable to 3 classes and over.

As I am sure many of you will notice, in the borders especially, we have a few venue changes, we have had to take halls that are open and are big enough to accommodate our requirements but we will endeavour to get you back to your usual locations as soon as possible, this may mean there will be slight changes to the timetable later in the school year.

We have been very busy over the last few months preparing for our return following the Covid19 restrictions in Scotland. There are a number of new and strict measures - Procedures for Lessons - that we have put in place which we absolutely insist must be met by each student and parent. This is without exception.

I understand that the measures we have put in place are not bulletproof, however, I do feel that we can help to make our environment a little safer for each other and those that need it most. I’ve no doubt that there will be more questions in the coming weeks as we navigate our way safely back to a ‘new normal’. Please don’t hesitate to contact me regarding any other information I can be of help with.

Finally, I simply cannot wait to see you all! It has been such a tough run for many of us. I am really looking forward to seeing how tall you have all got over the summer but most of all to seeing those amazing smiling faces again!

Lots of love

Miss Louise, Principal

Tel: 07890 990 687


Procedures for Lessons

  • Social Distancing - All our venues allow us the ability to socially distance the over 12s in lessons as required.
  • We ask that all families socially distance when outside venues.
  • We will operate a drop off policy to class. This will mean that no parent/grandparent/sibling/minder will be able to access the building. We would ask parents to drop and collect children promptly and efficiently in order to avoid large groups of people, this includes not dropping dancers off too early.
  • The wearing of masks for lessons is optional (this may change depending on government guidance)
  • All of our venues will have one way systems in operation and you may be asked to collect your child from a different side of the building/door/gate. Details of each venues drop off and collection will be emailed to you once you are booked onto classes.
  • We ask that students arrive dressed in uniform for class (with layers on top) with their shoes in a wipeable bag – everything coming into class including the layers must fit in to the bag. All water bottles must be clearly labelled with the dancer’s name.
  • Dancers will sanitise their hands on arrival at the designated area.
  • There will be quick non-contact forehead temperature checks by staff. For the safety of all our students we will be unable to allow access to any student that has a high temperature on any given day. (This is subject to change in line with guidelines.)
  • No bare feet will be permitted in lessons (for those who usually dance Modern or Contemporary with bare feet split sole jazz shoes or ballet shoes must be worn.)
  • Young dancers who require a change of shoes in lessons must have elastic through their shoes instead of laces so they are able to change their own footwear
  • All lessons with a change of dancers now have a timetabled break to allow for a smooth changeover of dancers and for necessary cleaning of high touch areas.
  • Dancers who take part in acro lessons may bring their own yoga mat to lessons if they want it for practice.
  • We will refrain from doing work that involves holding hands in groups or pairs until guidelines allow us to reintroduce these elements in class.
  • Illness: If at any point throughout the year you feel that your child is under the weather or may be coming down with something, please stay at home as per government guidelines. Likewise, if your child has a cough/cold/sore throat/fever/runny nose or is taking paracetamol for any of these symptoms please stay at home. Should a student become unwell during class a parent will be contacted for that student to be collected.
  • Please update all emergency contact information, relevant medical information and GDPR settings for the school year on your customer portal

School Uniform

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Fees are paid via GoCardless direct debit

Midlothian Fees

Borders Fees


Midlothian Timetable

Borders Timetable


Louise Squires


Louise Squires

Miss Heather

Miss Heather

Miss Sarah

Miss Sarah


Miss Lauren

Miss Lauren

Miss Holly

Miss Holly

Miss Jessica

Miss Jessica


Miss Mel

Miss Mel

Get in touch


07890 990687


8A Hopefield Place, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, EH19 2NP

Miss Louise


Miss Louise has been dancing since the age of 3, training in Ballet, Modern, Scottish, Contemporary and Tap. She has taken part in numerous pantomimes, theatrical productions, fashion and trade shows and has choreographed for both solo and group artists in England and Japan.

Due to a keen interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation Louise holds various fitness qualifications for adults and children including her Pilates qualification from YMCA fitness industry training. Miss Louise also has a BA Honours degree in Performing Arts and during her time at University toured with their dance company. Having gained her I.S.T.D Associate Teaching Certificate from their headquarters in London, Miss Louise moved back to her home town to set up Southside Dance. Miss Louise is dedicated to lifelong learning and best practice and also holds her acrobatic arts qualification.

Miss Heather

Miss Heather started dancing at the age of two and loved every class. She then went on to study full time for a two year professional dance course at Ecosse Performers College in Lossiemouth. After gaining an HNC, she continued her studies at Dance for All at the Theatre School in Edinburgh. It was here, she learnt valuable teaching skills in all dance genres, qualifying with an FDI in both Modern Theatre and Tap and HND with Merit in Dance. Miss Heather achieved very high results in all her exams up to advanced levels including, ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap, National and RAD Ballet. During her time at college, she performed in a number of shows in the Edinburgh Festival and did a Scottish tour "Celtic Spirit".

Miss Heather has been teaching full-time for two years in dance schools all over Edinburgh and in Glasgow teaching West End ‘Billy Elliot’ star. She has delivered dance workshops in Sciennes Primary, George Herriot’s and taught in various schools in association with Edinburgh Active Schools and Sainsbury’s Active Kids. She loves teaching and making all of her classes fun whilst passing on her passion for dance. She tries to develop an awareness of musicality, rhythm, creativity and self-esteem.

Miss Heather is also a qualified 'pound' fitness instructor and is passionate about helping children and adults alike become their best self. She is currently studying for the ISTD CDE and doing many courses and exams to further her skills as a teacher.

Miss Michelle

Miss Michelle is a familiar face at Southside dance having studied Ballet, Modern, Street Dance and Tap dance with the school, before competing her Uka associate teaching qualification and returning to the school as a teacher. Miss Michelle holds a current First Aid qualification and disclosure and is very much looking forward to sharing her passion for dance with the students at Southside.

Miss Sarah

From a young age Miss Sarah found her true love - Ballet. In 2005 she was selected to dance with Ballet Russe performing La Fille Mal Gardee at the age of only 12. Although her main passion is ballet, Sarah also took lessons and examinations in many different genres such as Modern, Tap, Commercial and Contemporary as well as competing in competitions and performing annually in Pantomimes.

Miss Sarah went on to train professionally at Ballet West Scotland for 3 years where she received a BA (Hons) in Dance. During her time there she completed 3 Scottish tours and a foreign tour performing various roles in productions such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

In 2015 Miss Sarah studied at The Royal Academy of Dance completing a 2 year course obtaining her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies awarded by Darcey Bussell, allowing her to train and enter students for examinations. Miss Sarah is delighted to be working at Southside and hopes to help the dancers here find their passion for dance too.

Miss Lauren

Lauren has been dancing from a young age studying Ballet, Modern, Tap and Gymnastics. She went into full time professional training at Dance for all Theatre School in Edinburgh at aged 16 and whilst there she was awarded a scholarship to Broadway Dance Centre New York where she was taught by some of the most talented choreographers in the industry.  Lauren graduated with distinction, she also holds her teaching ISTD Teaching qualifications and a HND in professional stage dance as well as her Acrobatic arts qualification.

After graduation she went on to dance and perform in live stage shows featuring on sky sports TV during her contract in India. Then continuing to dance in China with a commercial company performing in shows where she held the title of Dance Captain. Now, back in her home town of Edinburgh she is persueing her other passion which is inspiring and teaching students her creative choreography. Miss Lauren is excited for the future with Southside School of Dance.

Miss Holly

Miss Holly began studying ballet, modern, and tap at a young age and knew very quickly that she wanted to pursue a career in dance. At seventeen she moved north to train full time at Ballet West Scotland, where the training-placed great emphasis on classical technique, as well as offering classes in contemporary, commercial, and choreography. During her three years there she was also given the opportunity to perform with their touring company in ballets such as Swan Lake. Upon graduating with a first class honours degree Holly decided to remain in her home city of Edinburgh and focus on her teaching.

Holly is delighted to be part of the Southside Team and is greatly enjoying the fulfilment that comes from seeing students improve and realise their potential whilst having fun in class. Always keen to develop her teaching practice, Holly is also studying for a part time Masters course in Dance Science and Education at Edinburgh University.

Miss Jessica

Miss Jessica is a familiar face at Southside Dance, having trained with the school from the age of 3 in Ballet, Modern, Tap and Contemporary styles. Miss Jessica holds the UKA Associate ballet qualification with Theatre faculty as well her Acrobatic arts qualification.

Miss Jessica is a former dance captain for the school and is heavily involved with our school competition teams. She is passionate about seeing our young dancers progress and achieve and is super excited to be coming back to Southside as a teacher.

Miss Mel

Miss Mel is another familiar face to Southside having trained with the school since she was 7 years old. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and has always loved whatever style is thrown at her. On graduating from Southside, Miss Mel moved down south to train professionally at Preston’s dance college and has now returned home to further her career in teaching.

Miss Mel is beyond excited to teach at Southside Dance delivering fun and creative classes to all the talented dancers. She can’t wait to meet you all.