Livingston Classes in Tap, Freestyle Disco and Highland Dance | West Lothian Dance School | Dance School East Calder

About Alison

Meet Alison

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Alison

Dancing Qualifications (all with UKA Dance)

  • Licentiate Tap
  • Licentiate Highland
  • Licentiate National
  • Associate Freestyle

Workshops/Conventions attended

  • Annual UKA Highland Gatherings
  • Move It
  • Can You Dance?
  • Tap with Adam Garcia

Biography

Alison first started dancing at 2 and a half years old and has been teaching since 2008.  From the age of 9 she has danced with the Fiona Thomson School of Dance in Tap, Highland and Freestyle Disco.  At the age of 14 she started additional Highland classes.

At the age of 20 Alison passed her first teaching qualification (Associate Tap with UKA Dance) and has since gone on to achieve teaching qualifications in all styles she teaches (Licentiate Tap, Highland and National; Associate Freestyle).  She is dedicated to developing her teaching skills as much as possible and is always aiming for the next exam!  Her next goal is to complete her Fellowship Tap (the highest qualification with UKA Dance).

To develop her own knowledge and skills Alison attends workshops whenever she can.  One of her biggest highlights in recent years was a tap workshop led by Adam Garcia.  She has attended a wide range of other workshops and dancing conventions as well as the annual UKA Dance Highland Gatherings and is always keen to learn as much as possible.

From 2000 to 2006, Alison was a member of the Bathgate Operatic Society (later changed to Phoenix Musicals) and danced in their annual, weeklong musicals.  She loved being part of these shows and this gave her the opportunity to learn stage dance, learn performance skills and work with a number of choreographers (including Fiona), all of which she continues to utilise today.

As a Highland dancer, Alison competed at SOBHD competitions and was a regular dancer for the Edinburgh Post Office Pipe Band’s annual Beating the Retreat at Edinburgh Castle and various Armed Forces Day events.  Alison loved the experience of dancing at Edinburgh Castle and every year felt just as special as the first.  One of the highlights from dancing at these events was when the guest of Honour was HRH The Prince of Wales!

Alison continues to dance herself, attending Highland and tap classes for fun and fitness and can sometimes still be spotted on stage at the Dance School’s Annual shows.