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 Post subject: Dance For All wins IDS Best Vocational Dance School
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:29 am 

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Dance For All 106 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK +44 (0)131 226 5533


Competing with dance schools from across the UK, Dance For All was named Best Vocational Dance School at the IDS (International Dance Supplies) Dance School Of The Year Award held in July 2015. This award was presented to Principal Director, Tracy Hawkes, in Dance For All's 30th Anniversary year.

The annual competition is open to thousands of dance schools from across the UK and also accepts international entries. The award recognises a school’s business health and growth over the previous year, as well as their contribution to the dance industry and to their local community. IDS say: "This was a major task for our judges as we had a phenomenal amount of entries and the standards were incredibly high."

The competition was judged by Dancing Times editor, curator and theatre designer, Jonathan Gray; and Kathryn Wade former Director of English National Ballet School, international guest teacher and adjudicator. They shortlisted 25 schools, from Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and across the UK.

Edinburgh-based Dance For All were awarded the 2014 Vocational School winning title. Dance For All's Principal Director, Tracy Hawkes, received the award during the ceremony held at The Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter in July 2015.

Other winners included: Adagio School of Dance (Brentwood, UK); Beat Feet Academy of Dance (Derby, UK); and The Barinowsky School of Ballet (Cardiff, UK); with both Over 100 Pupils and Up to 100 Pupils categories joining the Vocational School category.

Tracy Hawkes was thrilled at the timing of this recognition, saying: "We are so proud to receive this recognition for our professional dance college, especially as we were up against schools from, not just all over the UK, but around the globe!
"The panel of judges commented particularly on the breadth of training we give our students - especially the wide range of genres which includes Spanish, Modern, Tap, Gymnastics, RAD Ballet and ISTD teacher training - all taught by an impressive faculty who are experts in their field.
"The judges were extremely impressed by the continuous and increasing success rate of our graduates in winning professional dance contracts across the dance spectrum.
What a great accolade for Dance For All in it's 30th Anniversary year!"

A full month into their class pupils' term, Dance For All have just welcomed in a new body of full-time students and are already preparing for their College Open Day on Tuesday 24th November and their Auditions on Friday 11th December 2015. Further details on their website:

Contact Principal Director, Tracy Hawkes, on +44 (0)777 327 1618 (unavailable 15th Oct - 26th Oct inclusive).
For student interviews, graduate news & studio rehearsal photo call opportunities Mon - Sat, call the Secretary, Jenny Lewis: +44 (0)131 226 5533; or email:

Photographer: Matthew Thomson at Jeda Pearl Creative
Staff bios, additional info, further image jpegs and larger files available from:

Notes to the Editors

About International Dance Supplies IDS Dance School of the Year Awards

International Dance Supplies (IDS) are based in Devon, England, UK and supply wholesale dancewear, clothing, costumes, accessories, stage props and shoes to over 14,000 dance schools and retailers across the globe. Selling the majority of the dance brands, they also offer a loyalty Diamond Club, choose an IDS Charity of the Year to support each year (such as The Dance Teachers' Benevolent Fund, ShelterBox and Macmillan Cancer Care), and hold their annual IDS Dance School of the Year Awards.

Founded by dance teacher Anne Walker MBE in 1978, IDS are a multi-award winning company (including a Stevie® Best Entrepreneur Award) which supports British manufacturing with their own 1st Position™ and 1st Position Pro™ dancewear.

Now on its 3rd year, the IDS Dance School of the Year Awards competition receives thousands of applications every year, culminating in a prestigious award which gives recognition to dance schools in three categories: Up to 100 Pupils, Over 100 Pupils, and Vocational Schools.

About the IDS Dance School of the Year Competition Judges - see the attached full press release

About Dance For All

Founded in 1985 by our Principal Tracy Hawkes, Dance For All amalgamated with the prestigious Theatre School of Dance in 2000, where full-time training had been offered since the 1960s. Alongside their weekly dance classes for children, teenagers and adults, their Professional Dance Performance & Teacher Training college course incorporates:
• NC Level 6 Dance, HNC and HND Professional Dance Performance, in collaboration with Edinburgh College;
• Performance training and 18+ different dance genres, including RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Commercial, Gymnastics, Choreography, Musical Theatre, Audition Portfolio and Anatomy.
• Dance teacher training, including ISTD Diplomas in Dance Instruction and Dance Education.

Dance For All's students have been invited to perform at prestigious events, including the Go Dance festival in Glasgow, Strictly Shimmy at Edinburgh Castle (for BBC's Strictly Come Dancing), the SQA Star Awards, the opening of the Science Festival and Edinburgh College's Inauguration.

Dance For All's graduates have competed in tough auditions to win contracts in London, the USA, Bollywood, Paris, Australia, the UK, Mediterranean and the Middle East and with international cruise liner companies P&O, Princess, Costa and American Carnival. Many go on to teach in Scotland and abroad, often establishing their own dance schools and businesses.

Upcoming events:
• Professional Dance College Open Day: 24th November 2015
• Professional Dance Course Auditions: 11th December 2015

Dance For All is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

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