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Hi Everyone

First and foremost I hope you are all safe and well in these extraordinary times.

I am writing to you on behalf of Southside School of Dance to let you know the position regarding future classes. Our first priority is the health and safety of the pupils and staff in our school.

Following on from the PM’s press conference, and the closure of UK schools, we have taken the decision to:

Cancel all classes immediately from today Thursday 19th March. From Monday 23rd March classes will be provided online

It’s Southside Dance’s hope, dependent on Government advice to be able to run normal classes again by our summer term and potentially during the summer. We are looking at ways in which we can support parents, such as holiday courses and/or home education groups which might enable those who are not able to work from home some respite (including medical professionals).

With regards to any examination we know how disappointed your children will be and how hard they have worked. We shall certainly try to rearrange this for a later date and I am liaising carefully with the examination board with regards to potential filmed entries, this may be possible for those with uka examinations booked

This decision has not been taken lightly; as a small business we rely on our income from classes to support the organisation and I have responsibilities to our freelance teachers and landlords. However, we believe that at this moment it would be unwise for us to carry on as normal.

At this difficult time, I would ask you to think of our team who are all self employed whose livelihoods depend on the income Southside Dance provides. They will do their upmost to continue a great service for child with online lessons and while I understand we are in the midst of social and economic uncertainty, we hope there will be a dance school to return to when this crisis ends.

However, It’s not all doom and gloom!

From Monday 23rd March we will be holding ONLINE VIDEO CLASSES.

The format of these will be sent to you in due course and we hope these will be accessible through any laptop/tablet or smartphone with internet connection. We hope to see you all through our webcams soon! We will all need something to keep our ‘little darlings’ entertained for the 153 days of no peace whatsoever..yikes!

We know these are strange and uncertain times, and we thank your cooperation and understanding.

With kind regards and every good wish to you all,

Miss L & the Southside Team xx

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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.


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Louise Squires


Louise Squires

Miss Heather

Miss Heather

Miss Sarah

Miss Sarah

Miss Lauren

Miss Lauren

Miss Holly

Miss Holly

Miss Jessica

Miss Jessica

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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.