About

The Yvonne Gray School of Dance was established in 1989 and thousands of happy pupils have since passed through our doors. Our philosophy is simple – we want this to be your happy place. Our examination pass rate in all genres is excellent and our competition teams are consistently performing with an outstanding success rate. Yvonne and her team are forward thinking, creative and continually on top of their own professional development so that you receive nothing but the best in teaching practice.

Our studios are well equipped with sprung floors, mirrors, barres with girls and boys changing facilities, plus a café bar area and shop for all your uniform requirements. New to our services is our adult class booking area which we hope you will find useful.

Pre school programme

Mummy and me, ballet, jazz and tap, Scottish and cheerleading

Children’s programme

RAD Ballet, jazz, Scottish, Acro, cheerleading, ISTD modern and tap

Adult prgramm

Zumba fitness, stretch and condition, fitness for over 50s, jazz, tap, ballet



Yvonne Gray - Principal

Yvonne Gray Yvonne was born and brought up in Cupar where she started dancing at the age of 5 under the tuition of Joyce Anderson. Yvonne was lucky to be growing up in Fife during a very exciting time in the development of community and contemporary dance, and was a founder member of Fife Youth Dance Company which was set up under the direction of Royston Muldoom. At the age of 14, Yvonne started attending weekend ballet classes at the Theatre Shool of Dance and Drama where she later completed a 3 year full time course and was the first candidate in Scotland to complete the RAD's Student Teaching Certificate. Whilst living in Edinburgh, Yvonne was also a founder member of Lothian Youth Dance Company, danced in many Edinburgh Fringe Festival productions and was event organiser for the RainDance Project. Throughout her professional career, Yvonne made several appearances in the Adam Smith pantomimes under the direction of Jimmy Logan as well as several television appearances. Yvonne holds the RAD Teaching Diploma and the ISTD's Certificate in Dance Education and is a fully registered teaching member of both those societies and also with the IDTA. From 2009 – 2011 Yvonne was Dance Director of Scotcheer and coached the jazz and pom dance teams. She is Scotland’s only level 4 judge for cheer dance and has judged twice at the ICU Dance Worlds in Florida. Yvonne sits on the finance committee of the Royal Academy of Dance, and as of September 2012 was appointed Chairperson for the Scottish Regional committee. Yvonne was also honoured to be a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Dance from 2008-2010.



Alison Bell - Assistant Principal

Alison BellAlison started dancing at the age of 3, and moved to Edinburgh to train professionally at the Theatre School of Dance and Drama when she was 17. It was here that she first met Yvonne and after graduating in 1991, joined Yvonne as assistant principal.

Alison has been a guest teacher for many dancing schools in Scotland, as well as running her own school based in Leven.

As a child performer, Alison appeared in Scottish Ballet’s Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Professionally, Alison danced in Dick Whitington and Sleeping Beauty at Fife’s Adam Smith Theatre with the late Jimmy Logan and whilst performing in a coast to coast tour of America with Columbia Artists she met her husband Ed.

Alison holds the R.A.D. Teaching Diploma and the I.S.T.D's Certificate in Dance Education, is a fully qualified zumba instructor and a registered teaching member of the R.A.D. and I.S.T.D.



Linsay MacDonald - Teacher and Head of Admin

Linsay MacDonaldLinsay started her dance career at the tender age of 2. As a child performer, Linsay took part in many professional performances including 4 panto seasons at the Adam Smith Theatre and The Nutcracker with Miami City Ballet at Edinburgh's Playhouse. Linsay has also taken part in numerous amateur opera productions with GAMA and MAOS and was co-choreographer for Cupar Junior Opera, and has regularly performed with Yvonne's Scottish troupe. Linsay was a Scottish Ballet Junior associate and she was also Yvonne's Pupil of the Year in 2002. Linsay is a fully registered member of the USASF (United States Allstar Federation for Cheerleading) and holds coaches Credentials in stunts, tumbling and tosses to level 4.In 2009, Linsay became the only non-American to become a staff member the Universal Dance Association, allowing her to tutor in dance camps world wide. She was also part of Scotland’s jazz and pom dance teams in 2010 and 2011. Linsay is also a level one judge in Cheer Dance, holds the RAD’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and is a fully registered teacher of the RAD.

Linsay is responsible for planning, customer relations, orders and day to day office management.



 





Dance Genre and Information

Nursery Ballet

We welcome children from age 3 upward to our nursery ballet classes. These classes provide a perfect introduction to dance through structured yet varied and inspiring teaching methods. Enchanted castles, pirate adventures, journey through space, the secret garden are just some of the themes we use to inspire, motivate, and capture the imagination of your child.

Royal Academy Of Dance

The RAD is the world's most recognised organisation in dance. We offer the Children's Graded examinations (Pre Primary - Grade 8) . We also offer a vocational programme (Intermediate Foundation - Advanced 2) for those showing exceptional talent, or indeed wishing to make a career from dance.

Children are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend more than one Graded ballet class per week. Vocational students must attend 2 compulsory classes per week as well as their Graded class.

Imperial Society Of Teachers Of Dance – Modern Theatre Dance

This is a structured class which follows the ISTD Modern Theatre syllabus. We aim to increase flexibility, core strength, understanding of posture and weight placement, teach rhythm and modern dance movement. . These classes are perfect for children keen to learn and improve their Modern Dance technique.

Free-Style Jazz And Tap

These are recreational classes for those who love to dance for fun without having their progress marked with an examination. Classes are geared round learning steps, combinations and dances with a variety of stimulating music styles from chart to musicals.

Scottish

We teach some of the Traditional set Highland Dances, including Sword Dance and basic Highland/Scottish dance steps. This is an excellent work out and a cultural experience.

Scholars Ballet

Children who show particular talent and commitment to their ballet are invited to join this programme which is delivered free of charge. The programme is designed to enhance the skills the pupils learn in their regular class and take their work to another level of understanding of technique.