The Mary Robson School of Ballet
Mary Robson School of Ballet
Mary Robson attended ballet classes from the age of 3 with Jean Pringle in Dundee. She later trained full time at the Academy of Ballet in Edinburgh, under Joan Tucker and Jack Spurgeon, and taught for her former ballet teacher Desme Alexander for 4 years before establishing her own school in Wormit in 1989.
We are dellighted to be celebrating the 30th year of the School this year.
Samantha Simpson trained and was a high achiever at the School from the age of 8 and continued with full time training at Ballet West for 2 years. She studied for a year at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance where she later taught ballet for 6 years. Samantha graduated with her RAD Teachers Certificate in 2006 and she teaches ballet, jazz and the Boys Only classes at the School bringing her amazing enthusiasm to her pupils. She is married to Gav and has a daughter Nola and son, Brodin. Sam is currentlly taking a full time course at Dundee College as part of her CPD requirement but will return next year. She continues to teach Adult Jazz.
Catriona Matthew is also an RAD Registered Teacher and she teaches the Nursery and younger ballet classes. Catriona trained locally from the age of 3 and attended Ballet West as a full time student after leaving school. Catriona has a full time job at Ninewells Hospital and is thrilled to be teaching again. I am delighted to have her on our staff .
Sylvie Clarke started her training at the School when she was age 4 and has achieved all Graded exams and Vocational to Intermediate standard. After two years at university, Sylvie decided to return to her first love of dance and she has achieved her RAD Teachers Certificate, CBTS.She has completed an HNC in Contemporary Dance and she has been an assistant coach to a rhythmic gymnastics team. Sylvie is currently living abroad and will hopefully return in the future.
The Faculty regularly attends courses to enhance their teaching skills and update their knowledge of the Syllabus and fulfilling their required CPD each year.
Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus - Grade 1 - 5
Following on from the foundations laid by the RAD Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance , the Grade 1 - 5 syllabus aims to provide the young 'once a week' pupil with a hunger and love for ballet that will develop into their teens and adult years. The exercises are stimulating and fun to perform.
With a glorious collection of music for the exercises and dances to motivate pupils, we hope to promote joy in movement and a sense of dance and performance quality.
Alongside the established Exams and Class Awards, there will also be an option of a Solo Performance Award, in which pupils will perform three solos for an examiner.
The Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Vocational Syllabii challenge and inspire students technically, artistically, musically and creatively. The work encourages quick thinking and physical fitness whilst developing movement dynamics and a sense of performance.
Dance wear. The School stocks Katz Dancewear and all RAD uniform, including leotards, tights, socks, x-over cardigans, legwarmers, cotton ballet wraps, ballet shoes and character shoes.All uniform requirements are detailed on the class info page.
We also stock hoodies, sweatshirts and t-shirts with our Ballet School logo.
Character skirts and Higher Grade georgette skirts can be made to order.
We stock jazz shoes and black jazz pants. We have a range of Katz dance accessories and many more items can be ordered.