I founded Shuffle Dance Company in 2007 and started out exclusively to private nurseries; but as children grew and moved on, there was more and more demand for community classes. After having little ones of my own, I wanted to be able to work around my little family, so in 2010 I placed an advert in the local paper and there was such a positive response that one class became two in a matter of weeks. With my knowledge and experience of teaching in schools, I then added classes for primary and secondary school children to our ever-expanding timetable. And with our boys only classes, ‘Macho Moves’ and ‘Mini Movers’ – we are welcoming new dancers all the time!
My teachers and I have a deep knowledge of dance, a real passion for it, and a strong belief that children should be taught by teachers who share these qualities. All Shuffle Dance staff go through specific training to mirror our high standards of being good teachers, but more importantly, they are great with children and know how to make our classes fun!
Our classes are fresh, inclusive, exciting and great fun! Our little shufflers are the cutest little dancers and make us smile every day. Our older groups are picking up very complex moves and developing impressive coordination in their movement. Our primary age classes impress us constantly with their ability and their intelligent approach to learning new skills and our Macho Movers are executing some serious breakin’!
I am SO proud of all of our dancers and look forward to seeing them grow each week, and who knows? Some may even go on to be little stars!
Meet our Team
Gillian graduated from Edinburgh’s Telford College, PASS (Performing Arts Studio Scotland) in 2005 with a BA (hons) Dance degree. While studying towards her honours degree she focused her dissertation on early years dance, how music affects the way children move and the physical, emotional, social and cognitive advantages that dance provides for children. Gillian went straight from college to perform with the very popular and well established X Factor Dance Company. From there she worked with the National Theatre of Scotland, choreographing surrounding works as part of their production of ‘The Crucible’ performed in The Byre Theatre in St Andrews and their large scale site-specific project ‘Creations’.
Following NTS Gillian taught for dance schools and councils all over Scotland, as well as in primary and secondary schools for Scottish Youth Dance (Y Dance). While teaching for Y Dance Gillian started teaching in private nurseries and founded Shuffle Dance Company to provide quality dance classes to young children.
Kerry obtained a BA (hons) Degree in Dance from Performing Arts Studio Scotland in 2013. Kerry loves to perform but teaching dance and working with children is where her true passion lies. She loves the confidence and enjoyment that children can get from dance.
Kerry has loved being a part of the Shuffle Dance family since 2013 and since becoming an RAD registered teacher, has now taken on the role of our ballet instructor. As well as teaching with Shuffle Dance, Kerry currently teaches Street Dance, Jazz and Ballet to children in dance schools throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.