All About My Teacher & Dance School
Hi everyone, I thought I would do a blog about my dance school, and my dance teacher, Claire Bryce. Not only has she been my dance teacher for 9 years, she (and her Mum Linda) have been my 2 Aunties dance teacher for much, much longer. Claire is an amazing lady, and although all dance teachers are great, Claire does so much for all her pupils, and always goes a step further. She teaches classes all week, and gives up all her weekends to be at competitions, supporting all her dancers.
Thank you for being there for us all Claire, we love you lots!
Hope you enjoy!
Claire Bryce School of Highland Dancing.
Hi Summer, thank you so much for asking me.
What age did you start dancing? I started dancing when I was 3.
What is your favourite tartan? My favourite tartan? So, so, so many to choose from as I love loads of them. Torridon, Lennox, Cunningham, Strathyre, Buchanan...
What are your favourite dances? My favourite dances are the Sword Dance as it is very technical, the Sean Truibhas as it let’s you show off some style, and the Irish Jig - I love the expression and the variety of it.
When did you decide you wanted to become a Highland Dancing teacher? I have always wanted to become a dancing teacher, my idol was Miss Margaret Firth, she was an amazing lady who taught me Ballet, Tap and Highland.
How long have you been a dance teacher? I have been been a qualified teacher since I was 17. I have had my dance school for 22 years this year, in July I will have been teaching in the same hall for 20 years.
How many pupils do you have? I have over 100 pupils and they age from 1 and a half to 40. My Highland Hustle class has ladies in their 60s and 70s too!
How many classes do you have a week? I teach 5 nights a week, 2 classes Monday, 2 classes Tuesday, 1 Wednesday, 3 Thursday, 1 Friday, also sometimes 4 on a Sunday so makes for quite a few!
What is your greatest achievement with your dancing career? I have a few lovely achievements through dance which I am lucky enough to have achieved - being a teacher and a judge. Qualifying for and dancing in the world adult Highland dancing championships at Cowal. Winning my first Championship (the year broke my foot) and dancing at the opening ceremony to the commonwealth games in Glasgow. Having our Choreography group win the best performance award at the Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George.
Tell everyone a bit about your work with the Highland Military Tattoo and the Commonwealth Games? The Highland Military Tattoo has been such an amazing part of my dancing life, it meant so much to me for several reasons, especially because my mum Linda absolutely loved the fun and social side of dancing, she loved watching a good performance and she would ensure that we always done things as best we could - she would even stand up on the embankment to shout at us for our lines and patterns! Getting to show choreography routines that I had created and been able to let 36 dancers be part of us such a brilliant feeling. The Commonwealth Games was an incredible event! Going through the whole process from application and auditions to driving endlessly for rehearsals and getting to meet so many lovely people Also to be part of such an amazing thing was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I was also lucky enough to have one of my pupils be selected to be part of the closing ceremonies which was another very proud moment for me as a teacher.
What is your favourite part about being a dance teacher? There is so many good things about being a Highland Dancing Teacher - I would recommend it to anyone! The progression from seeing your pupils starting out very shy and timid to being able to make friendships and be confident in themselves. Getting little dancers who are going faster than a train for their pas de basques to then dancing at championships and dancing their absolute best. And being able to make dancers highland dancing teachers so that they can create and follow their own dreams.
Thank you Summer, never give up on your dreams as anything is possible if you want it strong enough to put your mind, heart and soul into it.
Love Claire Xxx
Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Claire and our dance school.
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Take care everyone,