THE DANCE SCHOOL
The dance school is affiliated with the Scottish Highland Dancing Association (SOHDA) and is open to children aged 4yrs +. The timetable includes 6 classes per week based in New Winton, just outside of Tranent, East Lothian. Classes range from babies/beginners level, to advanced competition classes and adults fitness classes. Dancers are encouraged to take part in performances, competitions and examinations, however these are not compulsory.
The Fiona Matheson Highland Dance School has seen great success over the last couple of years with several dancers becoming championship finalists and even championship winners. Our dancers have had the opportunity to perform for large corporate companies at parties and events, but also love to perform at care homes and small community events. In addition, some of our dancers performs weekly as 'wee highlanders' at the 'World Famous Taste of Scotland Show' held at the Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh.
MEET THE TEACHER
Fiona began highland dancing at the age of 4 and attended her first competition at Dunbar Games in 1999. In 2001, aged 6, she won her first British championship title at Babies level. Fast forward to 2019, Fiona has gone on to win Scottish & British Championship titles at Juvenile and Junior level, and the Scottish Senior Championship title twice. She has also been given the opportunity to dance in several countries around the world including France, Germany, Switzerland and Taiwan.
At the age of 15, Fiona began teaching highland dancing as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award and in March 2011, she opened her own dance school in Tranent. Throughout her time at university, she continually added extra classes to the timetable, and grew her dance school to the size it is today, with over 50 pupils. In July 2017, Fiona graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Arts (honours) degree in Business with Enterprise and Innovation, and now works full time in marketing within the FMCG Industry. Fiona continues to run the dance school after working hours.
Fiona continues to compete, however her real passion lies in teaching, and watching her dancers perform and progress. She loves to watch dancers become more confident, create long-lasting friendships and most importantly, enjoying dancing just as much as she does!
*Fiona is PVG registered with Disclosure Scotland and all venues used are risk-assessed and fit for purpose.