Schools get dancing!

Four pupils from Ullapool High School attended an impromtu dance session with Nigel May when he passed through the town on his way to teach in Sutherland. Left to right are: Annie MacDougall, Freya Burne, Nigel May, Becky Tyson and Leona Marr.
Four pupils from Ullapool High School attended an impromtu dance session with Nigel May when he passed through the town on his way to teach in Sutherland. Left to right are: Annie MacDougall, Freya Burne, Nigel May, Becky Tyson and Leona Marr.

THE Ullapool Dance Festival does not stop in Ullapool as pupils in schools across West Ross-shire and Sutherland from Kinlochewe, south of Gairloch, up to Durness on the north coast will be treated to their own quota of lively and unusual dance classes provided as part of the dance festival.

In Sutherland schools dance teacher Nigel May has been chosen because he is an expert at enthusing young people and burning up lots of energy.

He describes his original teaching style as: “A rhythm and enthusiasm overload with a few funky routines for good measure.”

Nigel blends Street (urban), jazz, krump, hip hop or any suggestions people may like to add.

Dance Festival project manager Becky Thomson said: “There are some great dance teachers in the Highlands and ultimately it’s our aim to find funding to have them teach here regularly.

“But a Festival should be about providing access to something stimulating and new, something you are unlikely to experience the rest of the year and maybe only once in your life – Nigel fits the bill!”

She continued: “I have travelled long distances to attend Nigel’s classes and I start out thinking ‘I can’t do that!’. The suddenly I find I am doing a dance move I never thought possible.

“I probably look terrible, but in Nigel’s class that never seems to matter, it is just a lot of good fun.”

The Festival organisers are also delighted to have secured the Eden Court Creative Dance Artist Louise Marshall to tutor in schools south of Ullapool.

And in Ullapool itself, both primary and secondary pupils will enjoy Hip Hop classes from Ashley Jack; as well as classes from Fraser MacDonald – back by popular demand – who teaches Capoeria, a graceful martial-arts based dance/game accompanied by music.

The Ullapool Dance Festival runs from Thursday, March 7th to Saturday 9th. For more details visit the Festival’s website at www.ullapooldancefestival.org or contact Becky on 01854 612575 or email ullapooldance@yahoo.co.uk.