Welcome to Phelan School of Dance. The School was formed in the 70s by Mary Phelan (Examiner) and in 1990 she was joined by Lisa Phelan (Fellow) as Vice Principal. Principal, Mary Phelan, Fellow, Examiner with the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance has been involved in dance since the age of 8 trained by the Edinburgh legend Betty Brandon. Mary lectures in tap at UKA Conferences and examines for the UKA in Scotland and Northern Ireland. She is also trained in examining for SQA highland/stage exams. Her niece, Lisa Phelan, Vice-Principal, commenced her training at 2 years of age competing successfully in numerous dance styles. At the age of 6yrs she was the West of Scotland Junior Champion in Rock’n'Roll; she was also the winner of the Scottish Disco Kid event. She won the Scottish Freestyle Pairs Championships and represented Scotland in the final heats in London. She is a Fellow with the UKA and lectures for them in Jazz at UKA Conferences. She also lectures primary school teachers on dance at Edinburgh University. Lisa is also a Primary School teacher and through her extensive knowledge of the Early Years, has worked hard to develop our Tweenies Dance class. These classes provide Dance, Music and Movement which is developmentally appropriate for the 2-4 years age group.
Pupils commence classes from age 2 years. Subjects covered include tap, ballet, modern, jazz, highland/national, hip-hop/street and western line. Adult classes are provided in Tap. The UKA dance syllabus is followed and exams are held yearly. There is also an Annual Dance Display in which all pupils participate. Pupils compete successfully in Stage and Highland competitions/championship the length and breadth of the country.
4YRS HIGHLAND CLASS – Starts on Thursday, 18 April from 4.45-5.15 at St Andrew’s Church (bottom of Easter Rd) enter via Lochend Rd. Sorry, no hall availability on a Saturday for this class.
TWEENIES 2yrs – A few places available in this class on a Saturday at Leith Comm Centre from 11.15-11.45 – fee £2.50 (weekly payment) dont forget to bring a dolly or teddy.
Anyone interested in going to see the Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) (previously Telford College) end of year production, Cross Currents – FREE matinee performance at The Royal Lyceum Theatre on Friday 31 May 2013 at 1.30pm – names to Mary if interested in attending.
Please note that Thursday Highland Classes have been cancelled during March as Mary is examining on those days.
Pupils should instead attend the Monday Highland class from 5.15-6.05pm.
Congratulations to Cale L, Brooke R, Caitlin R, Claire R, Naomi M, Aimee W and Roisin C for successfully auditioning for the Taste of Scotland Show at Prestonfield House.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive attractive tap leotard try e-bay and type in GINA gymnastics Leotard Foil/Hologram/Diamante
Due to repair work being carried out at the Church Halls please use the LOCHEND ROAD ENTRANCE ONLY.
The Line Dance Class will relocate to Duke Street Church Hall with effect from 26 February.
Highland and National classes will be 50 mins duration per subject.
In the process of updating the Dance School website we would like to feature photographs of the pupils in class. During the classes on Saturday 23 February we will be taking photographs of the pupils.
If any parent does not wish their child photographed please let us know.
Thank you for your co-operation.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING IN THE UPPER CAR PARK AT LEITH COMMUNITY CENTRE. THIS AREA IS FOR DROP OFF/PICK UP AND DISABLED ONLY.
A WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE CENTRE THAT SANCTIONS WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST THE DANCE SCHOOL IF THIS RULE NOT ADHERED TO.
There will be an extra Highland Class on THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2013 FROM 10-11AM AT EASTER ROAD only for those competing on the following Saturday.