PRINCIPAL Mary Phelan – Fellow UKA (Examiner)
VICE-PRINCIPAL Lisa Phelan – Fellow UKA
TEACHERS: Susan Harvey (MSC Dance Science & Education), Petal Brown (AUKA, BA Hons in Dance), Lyndsey Shearer (AUKA), Rebekah Waugh (AUKA), Emma Sanderson (AUKA), and Aimee McKay (AUKA).
Welcome to the Phelan School of Dance which was formed in the 1970s by Mary Phelan. She was joined in 1990 by her niece Lisa Phelan. 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.
Lisa Phelan, Vice-Principal, commenced her training at 2 years of age competing successfully in numerous dance styles. At the age of 6 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 at 2 years of age with specialist classes offered for Under 5s. Subjects include the main dance forms ie tap, ballet, jazz, modern; the traditional art form of highland/national, plus, the commercial ones of hip-hop/street. Adult classes are provided in Line Dance. The UKA dance syllabus is followed and exams are held yearly training pupils up to professional level. ONLY on completion of UKA exam syllabus, pupils are offered ISTD Intermediate tap and RAD Intermediate ballet.
We believe in encouraging pupils to “attain their full potential in dance” and our teachers work very hard in ensuring this happens. All teachers are qualified, have Disclosure Certificates and encouraged to continue their professional development. We hold an Annual Dance Display at Churchill Theatre which is open to everyone. Once pupils have attained the required standard, they are given the opportunity to compete in Stage and Highland competitions/championships the length and breadth of the country.
Pupils audition for the “Taste of Scotland Show” at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scottish Ballet Junior Associate Programme, plus, their teenage Edinburgh programme and, if exceptional ability is shown, encouraged to audition for Dance School of Scotland. Pupils are ranked in the top six in Scotland in stage dance. Pupils have gone into full-time dance training at Laine Theatre Arts (London), Dance for All (Edinburgh), Telford College (Edinburgh), MGA (Edinburgh). Numerous ex-pupils are running their own dance schools in Edinburgh, plus, dancing professionally in America, Germany, Australia proving that “dreams can come true”.