Dance academy

Dunfermline: Dance Academy set to return to the stage

A Dunfermline School of Dance’s anniversary show will be a family affair later this month with three generations taking part.

Carole Jewal, her daughter Jennifer Trumper and her grandchildren Emily Trumper and Ella Jewal will be among the performers at the Dance Academy’s annual showcase.

School owner Louise McLauchlan was thrilled to have her dancers – of all ages – back on stage after the pandemic-enforced break.

“We have three generations of a family participating, which is a first,” she said. “I had a mother and a daughter, but now I have a grandmother, her daughter and two of her grandchildren. They all play in the same show.

“Carole, the grandmother, thinks she has been in school for 25 years. Her youngest granddaughter is only four, then the other granddaughter arrives on Saturday morning.

“The show is a celebration of all the students. That’s what we work on in class. I don’t stick to one theme or story. We do our best to choose music that will suit everyone. those who come to watch. We’ve even had compliments from dads in the past on the music choices!”

The dance academy was opened in January 1992 by Louise and she has brought girls and boys through the school ever since.

Louise first started to juggle dance lessons and working as a dancer. She then opened her school at Baldridgeburn Community Centre, with several satellite classes in the area, before moving to their current base at Limelight Studios around nine years ago.

Music for the anniversary concert will include sounds from Disney and musical theater to pop and big band.

“I’m so excited,” Louise said. “I went all out for the costumes. I can’t get enough glitz and sparkle on stage. I just want it to be the best.

“It’s huge for our little ones. They couldn’t do anything like that, so it’s huge for them. Their costumes are beyond cute.

“We also have two students where this is their last show as they have gone off to Murray Grant School to take their musical theater lessons which is just amazing.”

Students in the class will take part in two performances, a matinee and an evening performance, at the Lochgelly Center on September 24.