Dancers enjoy100% success
This week’s Reformer Club of the Week is the Lynn C Duncan school of Dance.
They have been providing classes for youngsters in Rutherglen and Toryglen since 1982 and boast an impressive record when it comes to dance exams.
The Reformer spoke to examiner Lynn about her club and she weighed in on the debate to tell us whether dance was a sport or an art. “The Lynn C Duncan school of Dance has been running classes in the local area for 34 years. The very first classes were held in the Burnhill Sports Centre in Rutherglen, closely followed by the Geoff Shaw Community Centre in Toryglen.
I was brought up in the local area and attended Stonelaw High. I’ve progressed to the level of examiner with the BATD (British Association of Dance Teachers).
The dance school has gone from strength to strength and provides classes in areas including Burnside, Cambuslang, Bridgeton, Easterhouse, Blantyre, Hamilton, Bellshill, and Motherwell.” “Pupils have been 100 per cent successful in BATD dance exams. Many pupils have progressed to become fully qualified dance teacher’s and run their own dance schools or still teach within the dance school. Many pupils have moved on to further education in dance colleges throughout Scotland.”
How many training nights do you have a week and where are they held?
“Most pupils attend once a week. Classes are held in the Geoff Shaw Community Centre on a Monday evening from 4.30 - 5.30pm (pre school) and 5.30 - 7.30pm (school children).
Classes in Stonelaw High School on Thursdays start from 5.30 - 6.30pm (pre school) and 6.30 - 8.30pm (school children).
Classes are also available throughout South Lanarkshire and the East of Glasgow.” “We struggle to find affordable halls to provide low cost dance classes in the community. We are highly qualified and experienced, however, we put the emphasis within the dance school on the inclusion and enjoyment of all and we keep the costs to the parents to as low as we possibly can.
“Our emphasis for the pupils is on fun and enjoyment and for the parents it’s on affordability and professional qualified tuition.” “The most satisfying aspect of the classes and club are the weekly friendships and activity and the end result of performing for friends and family.” “I would challenge anybody to see a top level performer and doubt that they were an athlete. In fact, I would challenge you to see me, a 50 year old plus dance teacher who exercises four to seven hours a day for her art/sport and pose the question.
“However, dance without personal interpretation and artistic input would be a very sorry affair, so the short answer is both.”
Practice The girls go through their steps