The founder of a performing arts school in Neilston shared her relief at finally being able to welcome students back for lessons.
Holly McLellan (pictured) started McLellan Dance and Arts Academy in 2017 and the business has grown rapidly, but the last 17 months have been a difficult time as the Covid pandemic has taken its toll
Now that East Renfrewshire has moved ‘beyond level 0’, she was able to resume sessions at Glen Halls on the high street of Neilston.
Holly told the Barrhead News: ‘Just before the lockdown my business was doing very well and it was great to see my students progressing through the lessons.
“Unfortunately Covid-19 hit and my business was down due to the restrictions but now that things are calming down I am delighted to be able to resume classes and see students coming through the doors again.
“It’s like starting from scratch, but the response I’ve had from the community has been great.”
Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and cover ballet, jazz, tap, street dancing, commercial dancing, musical theater and cheerleading.
A preschool dance class for ages 3 and up also takes place on Wednesdays, from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Holly, who graduated from Dance Studio Scotland at Glasgow Clyde College in 2015, leads a team of teachers and has extensive experience to draw on to guide the next generation of young artists.
She was formerly a member of the Scottish Rockettes, the official dance team of professional basketball team Glasgow Rocks, and has performed at Glasgow theaters including the King’s, Theater Royal, Mitchell Theatre, the Tram, as well as closer to home at the Eastwood Theatre, Giffnock.
“In September 2015, I choreographed my first major production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at the Eastwood Theater which sold out and was a huge hit,” Holly added.
“I’ve had a passion for dance and musical theater since I was three years old,” Holly said.
“All of this is a great experience to pass on to my academy students.”