We are pleased to announce that we have recruited our new Dance Development Officer for our Dance for All programme following the departure of Alice Wilkins and Mickey Anderson earlier this year. Laura MacLennan has started working for us and is busy planning dance classes for a wide range of ages and abilities.
Laura has trained in a variety of styles including Highland, Cheerleading, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Scottish, and graduated in 2016 with a BA Hons Degree in Dance from Performing Arts Studio Scotland. Before this she performed in various productions including ProjectY (YDance), Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony in India (Delhi), and was also a member of The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland. During her training, Laura did work experience with the Jose Limon Foundation in New York. Since graduating Laura has pursued her passion for community dance delivering classes in jazz, ballet, contemporary and choreography in dance schools, education and care settings. Most recently Laura was an Arts Practitioner for Dance and SQA Higher Dance tutor at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.
Laura MacLennan will be teaching a series of taster classes in June and July, and details are on our calendar These classes will provide a chance for people to try out some new styles and let us know what classes you would like to see. No need to book – classes are £5 (£3.50 under 18’s) and you will receive a £1 voucher to use against a class of your choice in the new term. Regular classes run by Laura for young people, children and adults will begin after the school summer holidays.
Special thanks to our volunteer line dancing teacher Nancy Wright, who has been leading our Tuesday evening line dancing classes since April. These classes will continue. Please always check the Ullapool News or our calendar for any venue changes.
We’ve had two freelance dance teachers deliver certain dance classes. Julia McGee has been continuing our Dance Together and Gentle Moves classes as well as teaching dance in Ullapool Primary School, and Cath Giles has been delivering dance for residents of Lochbroom House care home. These classes will continue to the end of June and will be picked up again as part of Laura’s class timetable in the Autumn.
Ullapool Dance’s Dance for All programme is delivered with thanks to financial support from Creative Scotland, The Robertson Trust and the Plum Trust, as well as partnership with Eden Court and Dance Base.
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