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Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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