New director for dance school in Upper Dicker

A NEW DIRECTOR has been appointed at St Bede’s Legat School of Dance in Upper Dicker.

Elaine Holland is hugely respected throughout the educational dance world for the outstanding quality of her teaching as well as her fantastic track record in placing her graduates into renowned fulltime vocational schools and colleges such as the Royal Ballet School, the English National Ballet School and the Bolshoi Academy.

A school spokeswoman said: “Her appointment from September means that the Legat ethos of ensuring a stimulating and professional environment of rigorous dance tuition with ballet at its core, coupled with a strong academic curriculum, will develop apace and take Legat into fresh and thrilling times that will create tremendous opportunities for our students.”

Elaine Holland was previously artistic director at the Dance School of Scotland. She followed a three year Teacher Training Programme at the Royal Academy of Dance before studying Philosophy in Ballet and Contextual Studies at the University of Durham.

Her dancing career began in the Corps de Ballet of the Southern Ballet Company where she was soon promoted to soloist, working with Anton Dolin and Robert Mead as well as other Royal Ballet and Rambert dancers. She was a dancer with, and founder member of, Focus on Dance, touring and performing as well as running educational workshops and lecture-demonstrations. She has taught ballet in Greece, Hong Kong and New Zealand as well as the London Contemporary Dance School and the Royal Academy of Dance.

Elaine Holland has already said that students at Legat should follow normal GCSE and A level exams as well as the Legal curriculum including GCSE and A level Dance.