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Teachers

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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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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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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.

Clea Russell

Clea teaches the early morning wake up class. She worked with Rachel to finesse the class, finding the perfect combination of exercises, movements and stretches to give a gentle morning workout that sets you up for the day ahead. Clea uses the knowledge and experience she has from her years training in Dance, Pilates and fitness to demonstrate how each move can be modified for all levels making it an accessible class 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 wake up class an enjoyable and inclusive environment, drawing on personal experience to motivate her students.

Jade Millar

Jade Millar has joined our team as Training Teacher Assistant