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About Us

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Here at Empire Dance Scotland, we value: respect, positivity and fun. We are focused on providing a safe, healthy and positive learning environment, where there is a mutual respect between teachers and students. We encourage open and honest communication and regard our classes as a safe space where everyone is welcome.


Having fun is the most important thing for us, and we love seeing our students leave their dance classes inspired, excited and proud.

 

Studies show that children learn better when they feel safe, comfortable, heard and understood. Our mission here at Empire Dance Scotland is to create this environment within our classes for all students.. 
 

Our vision is to create an empire of students who understand and demonstrate respect for their peers, have a positive attitude towards their learning and enjoy having fun!

We offer affordable classes in fundamental dance styles with qualified and enthusiastic teachers.

We have classes for dancers from as soon as they can walk right up to adults! 

We believe that children who dance lead enriched lives and we want as many children as possible to access this.
 

Feel free to give us a call if you'd like to hear more about our values, mission or vision (We could talk about it all day!)


 

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Miss Sophy

Dance Teacher & Co-Owner

Miss Sophy has a passion for creating a positive space for young dancers to explore the joy of dancing. She is focused on ensuring each child is heard and understood, and that their dance classes are their favourite place to be!

 

Miss Sophy has danced since she was 2 years old with Rhona McNab at The Dance Bank. Sophy started training full time in 2015 at Dance For All Theatre School in Edinburgh where she graduated 3 years later with an A in her HND Professional Dance performance and distinctions in her Advanced 1 ballet, tap & modern exams. 

After graduating, Miss Sophy moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she completed a further training course at The Space Dance and Arts Centre. She trained with acclaimed contemporary company Scimm Dance Professional and benefitted from taking classes with a multitude of industry professionals. Miss Sophy danced professionally whilst in Melbourne, and appeared in various commercial and theatre performances, as well as teaching regularly at several dance schools across the city.

 

Miss Sophy is dedicated to continually increasing her knowledge on all things dance teaching and child development. She is a registered teacher with the ISTD (Diploma in Dance Education Tap & Modern) as well as being a qualified Acrotrix teacher. This year, Miss Sophy is embarking on her Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Dance Teaching so she can become a registered ballet teacher with the RAD.

 

Miss Sophy is also a First Aider, Safeguarding officer & working towards her British Sign Language Qualifications.Empire Dance Scotland is affiliated with Rosina Andrews Method, AirTumble, The Ballet Blog & AcroTrix.

 

Miss Sophy takes having fun VERY seriously and loves to share it as much as she can!

Miss Renee

Co-Owner & Administrator

Miss Renee is in charge of all the serious stuff here at Empire Dance. She will answer your calls, reply to emails, help you with any questions or concerns you may have, and most importantly, make you a cup of tea! (She also occasionally makes Empire biscuits too!!!)

Miss Renee is dedicated to her role at Empire Dance (alongside her full -time job) and continually updates her knowledge surrounding safeguarding and child protection.

Miss Renee is our designated Child Protection Officer and any concerns can be reported to her in person, over the phone or via email.

All staff hold a PVG and dance teachers are fully insured.

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Miss Claire

Dance Teacher

Miss Claire teaches our Progressing Ballet Technique classes here at Empire, as well as assisting with Tuesday Acro & helping us out with some cover!

Miss Claire fell in love with dance aged 4 and spent the next 15 years training in her home town of Northampton at the Mayhew School of Dance. Learning Tap, Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Greek, National & Contemporary styles through ISTD, DES and RAD exams & competed successfully locally & nationally. She also performed in various AED galas, pantos and many festivals up and down the country. Claire branched out into musicals at University, where she also choreographed various shows.  Miss Claire is also a musician & singer, performing in venues across Europe in many choirs, bands & groups from choral music to jazz, blues and opera. In more recent years she retrained as a Pilates, PT & run coach & has been running dance & fitness workshops and regular classes for all age groups, teaching in schools as well as privately. Miss Claire has also recently trained in Progressive Ballet Technique. She enjoys visiting the theatre & loves sharing the feeling a good piece of music can do for the soul, whether singing, exercising or dancing to it.

Miss Gayle

Dance Teacher

Miss Gayle graduated with a BA (Hons) in Dance from Performing Arts Studio Scotland in 2019, after 4 years of training. Since then, she has taught all over Scotland, delivering dance classes and workshops in both schools and community settings, passing on her knowledge to the next generation.

Upon graduation, Miss Gayle also joined Viana Dance Company, a Contemporary dance company, who she performed with.

Another performance highlight was dancing as a guest performer in the New York City Tartan Parade Ceilidh! Although Miss Gayle loved to perform, she knew her true passion lay with teaching and so at the end of 2020, she opened her own dance studio, GS Academy of Dance, with branches in both Edinburgh and Kelso.

Miss Gayle has spent years refining her skills in dance, mainly focusing on Ballet (RAD), Contemporary, Jazz and Tap. She is also a registered teacher with Acrobatic Arts and even taught Aerial in the past too (hoop, hammock, and silks!)

Dance class was always Miss Gayle’s favourite part of the week growing up, and so this is always her main focus when teaching - to always provide a safe, inclusive and fun environment for every child who comes through the studio door! She believes there is something truly special about being able to share your love of dance with the younger generation and seeing the joy on their faces as they learn!

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Why Empire?

If you’ve ever been to a bakery in Scotland, you’ll have seen the classic ‘Empire Biscuit.’ It’s a well known and loved favourite amongst Scottish families. When Miss Sophy & Miss Renee met in Australia, we bonded over a love for empire biscuits and dismayed at the fact that it was impossible to get them on the other side of the world! Our relationship was built on the foundation of home baking and we’d often bake treats together when we’d see each other. Our first baking adventure was of course, empire biscuits! We think that Empire biscuits give a real feel of homey-ness! The idea of them feels very small-town, Scottish and sweet.

Our hand-drawn logo shows a ballerina on top of the empire biscuit, showing that a strong foundation in dance training is super important!! And of course, she looks amazing in her purple tutu! 💜🩰

 

Have you noticed that our class names are based on biscuits!? Head to our classes page to have a look! 

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