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Rachel Harris

Rachel Harris is one of the few registered teachers with BBOdance in Scotland, which allows her to enter students into examinations. Having gained a Distinction in bbodance Level 6 Teacher Qualification, which is regulated by OFQUAL, she became one of the highest qualified teachers in Scotland.

The British Ballet Organization is an international awarding organisation, delivering a world-renowned syllabus training for exams and qualification programmes.

Rachel graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2016 with (BA) Hons degree in Dance and has since completed many more additional qualifications and courses including;
- Progressive Ballet Technique Teachers Certificate in all 3 levels by PBT Dance
- Teachers Module 1&2 Diploma in Flexibility by Alixa Flexibility
- Advanced Diploma in Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor by Future Fit.

As a Registered Teacher with the bbodance, Rachel continues to attend CPD workshops each year.

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Lauren Lewis

Lauren began dancing at the age of 2 ½ and hasn’t stopping since! She continued dancing whilst studying Textiles at DJCAD, after graduating in 2008 she decided to pursue dance full time. She began teacher training with the ISTD (Imperial Society of Dance Teachers) and gained her Diploma in Dance Instruction in Imperial Ballet Education. 

 

In 2016 (after having her first daughter!) she graduated with a qualification in professional stage dance from Dance for All in Edinburgh.  During her time there she trained to professional levels in a variety of styles and also gained her Diploma in Dance Education Level 4 teaching qualification with ISTD in Modern Dance.

 

But she wasn’t finished there ! After gaining a certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, she became an accredited ballet teacher with Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) .

Lauren is also registered teacher with the BBO.  Alongside these qualifications Lauren also has her Acrobatic arts teaching Certificate, Progressing Ballet Technique Certificate, Silver Swans certificate and Alixa Flexibility Module 1. She is passionate about providing high quality education for all students. She is also passionate about passing on her love for dance and performance to all her students

Alongside teaching Lauren has two children (soon to be 3 in December 2021 ) and still works professionally in Dance.

She also most recently has gotten back into creating artwork after a long break!

 

Is there any more qualifications this teacher can find ?! We don’t think so… but if there is Lauren will be finding them !

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Christine Williamson

Christine is a Pilates instructor based in Dundee. She started practicing over 10 years ago and quickly became passionate about the benefits the practice can bring to each and every person. Christine began her journey to become an instructor in 2015 and completed Mat Pilates Level 3 qualification with the Energywise Academy in Edinburgh.

Christine has been teaching since January 2016. Her classes are designed to suit all levels. Christine uses variations and modifications designed to allow every participant to benefit from the practice. Christine’s passion to promote and educate on the benefits of a regular Pilates practice continues to drive her teaching and her classes bring people together within a community.

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Jo Reid

Jo is a qualified childhood practitioner and gained her BA in child and youth studies in 2021, which she hopes to utilise in her work at RHSD. She has also gained a Diploma in Teaching Flexibility Module 1 & 2 by Alixa Flexibility.

 

Jo has been an instructor with adventure circus in Perth for several years. During that time she has taught, developed and expanded classes for all ages. Jo has completed courses in advanced circus instructor training techniques. Jo often utilises her creative talents to choreograph acro routines for both kids and adults showcases, shows and touring performances. 

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Benoit Egloff

Benoit studied Dance in France, first at the Paris Opera Ballet School and then at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse. Graduating from Paris Conservatoire, Benoit collaborated in the creation of two seminal dance pieces. Plastic Mythology (by Ashley Page) and Light Fandango (by Robert North) now tour the world and are in the repertoire of numerous companies. That was just before Robert North then Ashley Page became directors for Scottish Ballet. That same year, the Conservatoire received permission for Benoit to perform Balanchine Apollo. He began his performing career at 19 for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal Canada and also danced for Ballett Basel in Switzerland. During this period he toured China, Australia, the United

States, France, Germany, Hungary and Canada. As a performer, his credits include such pieces as: Giselle, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, and works or creations by Balanchine (Apollo, Theme and Variations...), as well as works from such esteemed choreographers as Nacho Duato, Jiri Killian,Catherine Habasque, William Forsythe, Lucinda Childs, Richard Wherlock, Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, Ashley Page, Septime Webre, Robert North, Douglas Becker, Kevin O’Day to name just a few. During his time with Ballett Basel, Benoit developed a taste for choreography and seized opportunities to choreograph for the company. After suffering an injury that cut his stage career short, and after a gruelling recovery, Benoit pivoted his focus and established himself in the UK as a freelance dance artist. Here he specialized in performing, teaching, choreographing and restaging works for companies and institutions such as the C.A.T (Centre for Advanced Training) national scheme, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, The

Royal Ballet School's Associates and Partnership and Access, The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. Benoit completed his French teaching qualification in classical ballet, the Diplôme;Etat de Professeur de Danse in 2001. In 2013, he joined the teaching team at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, with responsibility for Classical training. In 2016 he also gained his TQFE delivered by the University of Aberdeen.

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Clea Russell

Clea works mainly behind the scenes helping with admin and cover classes when she can. In her classes Clea uses the knowledge and experience she has from her years training in Dance, Pilates and fitness to inform her teaching focusing on classes that suit all levels making dance and fitness accessible for all ages and abilities. Clea is now looking into taking her pilates and barre training to become a qualified instructor and hopes to expand her classes at RHSD. 

 

Having trained in ballet from a young age and then returning to exercise as an adult, Clea makes her classes enjoyable and inclusive environment, drawing on personal experience to motivate her students.