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Teaching children any subject, requires specialist training, teaching children any physical activity requires extra special training, as great care must be taken to ensure the safe training of their growing bones and muscles. It is not enough simply to “have danced professionally”. Dance Leaders and Sports Coaching certificates, although useful for any one interested in assisting in Dance classes, are not acceptable teaching qualifications.

That is why I insist that teachers at Monument Dance Centre, are qualified, trained experts in the Teaching of Dance. Our trainee teachers are guided and supported throughout their training. All staff follow a Continuous Professional Development programe which ensures that they keep up to date with new ideas in Dance Education, Anatomy, Child Psychology and of course the very latest moves in all dance genres. From time to time some classes may be taught by a student teacher undergoing work experience and training, their work is always monitored closely and evaluated on a regular basis. We try to ensure that our pupils are taught by all our teachers so that in the event of illness or staff change overs your child will feel comfortable with the class teacher.

 

Principal – Louise Murray

P.G.D.T.  A.R.A.D.  A.I.D.T.A.  A.I.S.T.D.  C.D.E.

Louise is the founder of Monument Ballet School (1983) and Owner/Principal of Monument Dance Centre (1993).

She trained full time at The Manor School of Ballet in Edinburgh gaining Associate status with The Royal Academy of Dance, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and The International Dance Teachers Association.

On graduating, Louise worked for many years as a professional dancer in Variety Theatre (including a Royal Variety Performance), Pantomimes, Summer Seasons and on Television and also began choreographing Variety Shows and professional Pantomimes and Stage Musicals including ‘The Boy Friend’, ‘Half A Sixpence’, ‘Crazy For You’, ‘Fame’, ‘The Ragged Child’ and ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’.

She was Artistic Director of Stirling based ‘Krackin’ Kids Theatre Company’ and is Artistic Director of MPAS.

In 2006 Louise worked with the Susanne Farrell Ballet Company on their production of Balanchine’s Don Quixote, as part of The Edinburgh International Festival.

The latest addition to Louise’s qualifications is a Postgraduate Diploma at Masters level.

Louise works as a Mentor and Practical Teaching Supervisor for the RAD allowing her to supervise and guide student Ballet teachers and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance Board of Trustees.

Louise is tutor and assessor for SQA Higher Dance and SQA co-ordinator for MDC and is often in demand as a consultant on Education, Dance and Arts committees.

 

 

Elaine Hughes

L.I.S.T.D.

Elaine trained at the Glasgow Dance Academy where she gained Licentiate status with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, membership of Royal Academy of Dance and Teaching Diploma from GDA.

Early TV credits include various shows for STV and on network TV.

Elaine worked on BBC’s The Clothes Show’. As a choreographer she has worked with Falkirk Youth Theatre Company on the musicals ‘Crazy For You’ ‘Fame’ and ‘Return To The Forbidden Planet’.

Elaine has been accepted as a Tutor for ISTD allowing her to train student teachers of Modern dance.

She is also a regular member of the teaching faculty for RAD Awards Days and Dance Workshops.

As well as Monument Dance Centre Elaine also teaches at Glasgow based Dance Factory.

 

 
 
 

Jonathan Burnett

A.R.A.D. Solo Seal  R.A.D.  R.T.S.

Jonathan trained at Royal Ballet School and joined The Irish National Ballet where he became a soloist and choreographer before moving to work with Cameron MacIntosh in stage musicals including Cats.

After touring all over the world with The Lindsay Kemp Company, Jonathan gained teaching qualifications in Mime-in-Education, Margaret Morris Movement,
Benesh Movement Notation and the Teaching Diploma of The Royal Academy of Dance.

Jonathan spends his summer teaching ballet students in San Francisco each year.

Jonathan is responsible for our RAD Vocational Graded exam programme and Solo Seal coaching.

 

 photo coming soon  Sarah Ballinggall BA hons

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Fiona Skene

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Sally Ann Cross

A.I.S.T.D.

Trained at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey where she gained associate status in I.S.T.D Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre. She began teaching at Studio 2 Dance School in Kent and danced professionally in variety shows and toured with dance troupes at home and abroad.

Sally gained a Higher National Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science and YMCA in Exercise To Music and was Health & Fitness Manager and Fitness Instructor at Healthworks Gym in Glasgow. When her family moved into the Stirling area she was appointed Fitness Instructor at Dunblane Centre, Tulligarth Community Leisure and University of Stirling.

Sally specialises in Preschool Dance and is manager of our Baby and Parent classes and Branch Manager for Dunblane and Braehead branches of MPAS Outreach Dance Project.

Ailsa Murray BA hons  info & images coming soon
 

Callan MacCormick

BA (Hons)

Callan has been teaching Drama in Central Scotland since 1990 with a number of different groups including – Dance School of Scotland, The Bowmar Group, Young Carers and Wicid Woman.She directs Centre Scene Stage School.

On graduating Callan was a founder partner in ‘Sair Feet’ – an Events and Entertainment Company specialising in historical interpretation, business training and educational training.

Callan is responsible for all Drama classes at Monument Dance Centre and is Head of our SQA National Certificate Acting and Theatre Performance Course. Callan was co-director for the Award winning play ‘The Cheviot the Stag and the Black Black Oil’ when MPAS reached the Scottish final of SCDAs One act Drama Festival in 2011.

Callan led MDC through the vigorous process which led to SQA Approval of our fulltime HNC Musical Theatre course and has been appointment Course Manager.

Craig Murray

BSc Hons

Craig works in Secondary School Support for Learning having previously worked for 25 years in the Professional Entertainment Industry as Entertainments Manager at Falkirk Council where he produced and directed shows ranging from Stage Musicals and Pantomimes to Variety Shows, Opera and Classical Concerts.

He has worked with many well known Scottish and International stage and television stars and was responsible for administering and producing Falkirk Children’s and Youth Theatre companies for 20 years. He was script writer for the famous Falkirk Children’s Theatre panto from 1975 to 2000 which gained national recognition between 1988 and 2000 when they were broadcast annually on New Year’s Day on STV, Grampian and Border Television. One of these shows won a special award at the Cannes Television Festival.

As an actor Craig has worked on TV – Taggart, The Plan Man, Tartan Shorts and extensively with award winning Tryst Theatre Company in Theatres all over Britain.

Craig directed successful MPAS entries in SCDA’s One Act Drama Festivals in 2010, reaching the Scottish Youth Final and 2011 winning the Stirling District Final.

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Una McNab

 

Daniel Walsh

RSAMD – BEd (mus) Hons.

Daniel trained at RSAMD and is a Music Teacher at Bishopbriggs Academy, he is a classical singer and has performed in royal church choirs since he was four years of age.

His dedication and passion towards choral music and singing is matched by his enthusiasm to help young singers find and develop their voices from an early age.

As well as Voice Coach here at Monument Dance Centre, Daniel works with many other companies across Scotland, one of which being South Ayrshire Youth Voices which prides itself on developing the vocal sounds of young voices from an early age.

As a music teacher and vocal coach, Daniel aims to help develop self confidence, vocal range and ability and to share the enjoyment of music throughout his group and individual lessons.