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.

Fees

Fees are paid via GoCardless direct debit

Midlothian Fees

Borders Fees

Timetables

Midlothian Timetable

Borders Timetable

Teachers

Louise Squires

Principal

Louise Squires

Miss Heather

Miss Heather

Miss Michelle

Miss Michelle

Miss Sarah

Miss Sarah

Miss Lauren

Miss Lauren

Get in touch

Phone

07890 990687

Address

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

Miss Louise

Principal

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. 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, Louise moved back to her home town to set up Southside Dance.

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. Miss Heather tries to develop an awareness of musicality, rhythm, creativity and self-esteem. She is currently studying for the RAD ballet course CBTS and the ISTD CDE and doing many courses and exams to further her skills as a teacher.

Miss Michelle

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. 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 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.

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.