THE SCHOOL

Welcome to The School

Morag Alexander School of Dance has been teaching in the Lothians for over 50 years providing many students a solid foundation to succeed professionally in dance with many of our pupils having joined dance company’s, agencies, productions and freelance work across the globe.


In a fun and family environment we encourage children to explore their own creativity and expression as well as providing them the knowledge and discipline of the art of dance. We want our Students to be fearless in expressing themselves creatively whether they pursue a dance career or not. By offering a varied and holistic approach we hope to develop dynamic young students who can appreciate the art form as a whole, not just technical skills. We feel the strength, posture and confidence achieved during their years of training will be of great benefit in lots of adult life challenges such as: interviews, debates, presentations and high pressure situations.

Meet the team

Morag trained at the West End School of Dancing. She is a Registered Life Member of Royal Academy of Dance and Licentiate Member of the Imperial Society of Dance in Ballet, Modern, National and Tap. 50 years teaching experience
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Morag Alexander
Principal
Christine studied for 3 years as a full time student with Morag Alexander where she gained her Advanced Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial society of Teachers of Dancing she also has her advanced Modern certificate and her CBTS teachers training with the Royal Academy of Dance. 24 years teaching experience.
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Christine Bowtle
(Miss B)
Head Teacher, Partner and Assesor in the Higher Dance
Danielle attended Preston Dance College after being a pupil at the Morag Alexander School of Dancing between the ages of 3 – 18. Danielle has her CBTS teacher training with the Royal Academy of Dance. 13 years teaching experience.
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Danielle Locke
(Miss D)
Teacher, Partner and Assessor in the Higher Dance
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Johnny MacLaren
(MR MAC)
Street Dance, Hip Hop and Jazz Teacher

Johnny joined us in 2013 and has brought a new dimension into the school along with his fun personality his Hip Hop classes have proven very popular with boys and girls of all ages. 9 years teaching experience.
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Caroline Graham
(Miss C)
Teacher and
Assessor in the Higher Dance
Caroline Graham has studied in the school since aged three where she gained her Advanced Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial society of Teachers of Dancing she also has her Advanced Modern certificate and her CBTS teachers training with the Royal Academy of Dance. Caroline danced professionally over sees for 12 years before returning to the school. 17 years teaching experience.
Fraser Johnstone
Partner and Music Teacher

Morag's son Fraser runs the Musical Theatre classes on a Sunday and teaches singing. He offers private tuition in drums, guitar and ukulele. Fraser also operates the recording studio and music room and edits and prepares the music for the show.


Musical Theatre

We are pleased to announce that our Musical Theatre class will return from Sunday the 8th of May. Anyone interested should request an enrolment form, from their teacher in class, or simply come along on Sunday and enrol on the day.

Throughout the afternoon, all groups will rotate through a drama class, a singing class and a dance class, all lasting between 45 minutes or an hour, dependant on age. Everybody should attend in comfortable clothing ready to dance and move around, either dancewear or a tracksuit type clothing, with jazz shoes or indoor appropriate footwear.

Twinkle Stars aged 5 – 8: Will be given a 15 – 20 minute break and should therefore bring something to drink and a snack. There is a degree of reading required for singing lyrics, so basic reading skills are useful. Lyric sheets will be offered to take home for practice.

All other groups will have around 45 minutes for a lunch break and should therefore bring a packed lunch. Our “café” will be open selling Crisps, chocolate and drinks but no hot food will be on sale this year. We ask everyone to arrive 10 or 15 minute prior to class commencing.

We will work towards our next performance, which will be in the Brunton Theatre, in June 2023. There will be no Musical Theatre show in 2022 due to the late start in the year.

Important Dates

HOLIDAY DATES 2021/22

Classes commence Last Week in August     October Break As Schools

 2 Weeks Christmas break 

School Examinations in January and February
Higher Dance SQA exams Feb/March 

Higher Dance Written paper May 

RAD Exams Feb/March
Easter Break 2 Weeks
Rehearsals for Annual Show Monday 13th June -Friday 17th June 2022
Annual Show Tuesday 21st June -Sat 25th June 2022

Uniforms

Pre School - Primary Ballet Uniform

Pre School – Primary 2 children can wear either Tunics Adagio lilac “June” leotard with belt, pink socks and pink leather ballet shoes or you can choose the new Bloch, strapped, leotard with tutu. Both can be worn with a pink cross over or School hoodie/T-shirt if needed in winter. (Please do not wear vest or tights.)Hair if long held in a ponytail.

Primary 3 – Grade 1 Children wear Tunics Adagio lilac “June” leotard with belt, pink socks and pink leather ballet shoes hair if long held in a ponytail then in a small bun from Grade 1 standard (no hair decorations or scrunches and no artificial hair pieces). No earrings.

 Grade 2 and 3 Ballet Uniform

RAD Mulberry Leotard Number RAD002 Bought online from IDS they are panelled and fully lined with a draw string at the chest. Pink leather (Low Vamp) ballet shoes with one elastic over instep. Pink Ballet tights. Hair in a small bun without artificial buns or if you have very short hair please just use a hair Band and net. School hoodie/T-shirt when needed in winter. No earrings.

Grade 4 - 6 Ballet Uniform

RAD Royal Blue Leotard RAD004  Bought from IDS online they are panelled and fully lined with  thin straps. Accompanied with Belt worn with Pink ballet tights, pink leather split sole shoes (Low Vamp) with one elastic over instep. School hoodie/T-shirt when needed in winter.
Hair must be in bun with no ends for all Ballet Classes. Teachers have the right to refuse entry to untidy students. No earrings.

Intermediate and Ballet Club Uniform

Bloch in Jade or Plum L1567  Leotard  Bought from Bloch online they are panelled and fully lined with  thin cross straps at the back. This is worn with Pink Ballet Tights and pink Ballet shoes. Red Ballet Shoes for Scottish
Contemporary or Jazz Bright Coloured Leotard of your choice with footless tights, bare feet/ foot thongs. School hoodie/T-shirt when needed in winter.

Boys Ballet

White ballet t-shirt or white short sleeved cotton leotard, with black cotton leggings or shorts, with white socks and white ballet shoes. School hoodie/T-shirt when needed in winter.

Boys Jazz

Black jazz leggings and brightly coloured T-Shirt, white socks and black jazz shoes. School hoodie when needed in winter.

Primary 3 – Ballet Club Jazz

Coloured sleeveless or short sleeved leotard of your choice with black 3/4 length leggings, black belt and black jazz shoes. Please note velvet  leotards get very warm. School hoodie/T-shirt when needed in winter.