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Summer News 2023

All of us here at DC hope you have had a fantastic summer break! We are so excited to welcome you back through the studio doors from Thursday 24 August. We have so much news to share with you including staff updates and student success:

Staff Updates

We are delighted to pass on our exciting news that Jillian Louis is now our Operations Manager at Danscentre. We are also thrilled to be welcoming Rosie Mackley and Heather Nisbet to the DC Teaching Team this year!

Rosie grew up in Aberdeen and danced at Academy Street Dance Studio before moving to Danscentre for pre-vocational training. Rosie when on to study at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on their BA Modern Ballet degree in partnership with Scottish Ballet, receiving the prize upon graduation for best all round student. Rosie has recently been selected to choreograph a work on the residential performance company with the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain. Rosie works in Aberdeen and across the UK as a teacher, performer, choreographer and producer.

Heather started dancing at the age of 2 at Miss Forrest School of Dance in her home town, Stonehaven. Heather went on to study a dance course at Dance For All Theatre College Edinburgh. In her two years there, Heather trained in numerous genres including ballet, Spanish, modern, contemporary, tap, musical theatre, and commercial. Heather returned home from a teaching contract in Doha in July 2022 to pursue her teaching career back where it all started in her home area!

Adult Classes

We are offering a range of adult classes, you can book your place now at!

The new block begins w/c Mon 28th August:

Improvers Tap - Mondays 7.10pm

Ballet - Tuesdays 7.05pm

Dance Work Out - Tuesdays 8pm

Dance Based Pilates - Thursdays 7.45pm

Summer Dance Challenge

We challenged our students to send in their best summer holiday jump photos to share on our social media platforms. From across the UK and Europe, have a look at some of these brilliant photos below. Follow our social media pages on Instagram and Facebook to see more of the Summer Dance Challenge photos and keep up with all our Danscentre news:

Facebook: Danscentre

Instagram: @danscentre


U.Dance 2023

We had a fantastic weekend at U.Dance Festival 2023 in Newcastle. From career talks with industry professionals, to choreography and dance workshops, to the performance itself - it was an inspiring and fun filled celebration of dance, creativity and youth dance culture!

Danscentre at the U.Dance National Festival 2023, Northern Stage, presented by One Dance UK.

Photos: <Brian Slater/Dani Bower>

DC Summer School 2023

We had a jam packed week here at our DC summer school in August. The children had so much fun and took part in various activities from arts and crafts to dancing and singing. We also hosted a variety of different themes and musicals including Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Check out some of the pictures below we captured during the week.

Dance Leadership

What a fantastic week with our teens learning leadership, communication and organisation skills to gain the Sports Leaders approved Dance Leadership Award at Level 4. This year the sessions were led by Charlotte Summers - lots of hard work and lots of fun! Well done to all involved.

SQA Higher and Nat 5 Results

Huge congratulations to our SQA Dance students- a whopping 90% achieved an A & 10% Bs across both Nat 5 and Higher. We are so proud of all of our students and staff for their hard work - maintaining Danscentre's incredible level of A passes with more than 90% over the past 14 years

Student Summer School Success

Students at Danscentre have been all over the country taking part in dance training at various summer schools.

  • Andrew Maclean attended the RCS Summer School, and gained a place at the Scottish Ballet Senior Associate Scheme.

  • Florrie, Lois, Ava-lily, Millie, Tiegan, Beatrix, Katie, and Eve attended the Dance Summer School in Perth, and Lois, Beatrix, Tiegan, and Katie were delighted to be awarded a commendation!

  • Morven Aitkenhead attended Royal Ballet School summer and Yorkshire Ballet Seminars.

  • Abigel M'Cartney attended Yorkshire Ballet Seminars.

  • Keira Hair attended RCS and Rambert Summer Schools.

  • Scott Milne attended the Dutch National Ballet summer school in Amsterdam.

  • Alessia Abbott attended Tring Summer School.

  • Lily-Bell attended Bird College Summer School.

Senior Review Video and Photos

Check out some of our Westhill students having a watch party of the Senior Review! You can get your copy of the Senior Review video and photos now at

Edinburgh Fringe - DC Alumni

Ex-pupil and choreographer Katie Armstrong takes on her debut Edinburgh Fringe Festival show this weekend! Well worth checking out - find more details and how to book here:

Alex Mulcahy is also performing at the Fringe Festival next week, so keep an eye out for him too,

Save the Date!

This year is our Junior Show year! Taking place w/c 10th March at the Beach Ballroom.

Watch this space for more details coming soon...

Term Dates

See below the dates for the upcoming term. We can't wait to see you all soon!

Term Starts: Thursday 24 August 2023

Mid-Term Break:

Friday 22 September to Monday 25 September 2023 inc.

Term Ends: Saturday 14 October 2023

October Holiday:

Monday 16 to Saturday 28 October 2023



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