SLIDESHOW - Dancers take steps to boost charities

The Linlithgow-based Jean Shannly School of Dancing held its annual fundraising exhibition at the Academy last week.

The event, which raised over £1000, saw the students performing to a sell-out audience.

Linlithgow Academy. Jean Shanley Dance School exhibition.

Linlithgow Academy. Jean Shanley Dance School exhibition.

A packed programme of 48 dances showcased ballet, tap, modern and Highland dancing.

There was no denying that the hard work expended by Jean’s students had paid off as the audience sat enthralled.

With a significant rise in interest for Highland dancing, there was a high number of pupils appearing in the show for the very first time and who attacked this difficult discipline with gusto.

The dance school was established in 1982 by Jean Shannly a very well known and respected figure within the dancing community.

Jean retired from competitive dancing and devoted her time to teaching her daughter, Rachel, herself now a fully qualified teacher of over 15 years standing.

Jean is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing (UKA).

She is also a qualified examiner. She has raised over £20,000 for local good causes over the past 15 years thanks to her annual charity show.

The Jean Shannly School runs regular dancing classes for students of all ages and abilities, catering for ages from 2½ years upwards, from absolute beginner to pupils accepted by Scottish Ballet.

We also offer courses leading to professional teaching qualifications in Highland, tap and ballet.

The school also runs a Scottish Ballet Junior Associates course of study which includes ballet, body conditioning, character and creative movement.

During the year students have the opportunity to learn some of Scottish Ballet’s repertoire taught by company dancers.

Entry to the course is by annual audition only and Scottish Ballet are exceptionally selective at who makes the grade.

Jean is rightly proud of her student, Isabella Sale, who is her most recent pupil accepted into the programme.