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. She is delighted and amazed to have had her School for over 30 years.
Mary was very honoured to have been invited to the Queen's Garden Party at Holyrood Palace in June 2019 to mark her contribution to the local community over the years. Mary teaches from Grade 2 to Grade 8 and Vocational Intermediate level and the Adult ballet classes.
Catriona Matthew is also an RAD Registered Teacher and she teaches the Nursery and younger ballet classes in Wormit. 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. She has 2 young sons. 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 teaches our Tayport classes.
Sylvie is now studying for her BA Hons in Dance Education with the Royal Academy of Dance and she has recently been awarded the Iris Truscott Scholarship. This is awarded in recognition of high academic achhievement, in support and encouragement of CPD.
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 all RAD uniform, including leotards, tights, socks, x-over cardigans, legwarmers, cotton ballet wraps, ballet shoes and character shoes. We also have a range of Boys dancewear.
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 ordered for the individual dancer.