Borders dance school goes to ‘tap’ of the class

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From left: President Fiona Henderson, Business Director Andy Wright, and Awards Organizer Ann Walker MBE.

Fiona Henderson School of Dance (FHSD) took first prize at the Black-tie Awards, broadcast live to an international audience, reflecting the growing global interest in this award in the dance industry, as well as the growing number of international players. Dance schools participate every year.

Principal Fiona Henderson said: “We are simply amazed to be named Dance School of the Year 2021 at these industry awards.

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“It’s an amazing medal, and I’m so proud to receive it on behalf of the entire school, our teachers and our pupils.

“It is especially appreciated as all the finalists are judged by the leading dance industry experts.”

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FHSD has a proud record of awards, having been a finalist in 2017, and the 2018 Gold Winner in the Schools with Over 200 Pupils category before winning the Silver Medal in 2019 in the Over 300 Pupils category and then with “Innovation in Teaching Dance Award 2020.

The school was founded in 1985 and now has over 350 pupils ranging in age from 13 months through to adults.

It offers over 100 classes a week in a wide range of dance styles in Biggar, Galashiels, Jedburg, Melrose, Moffat, Peebles, Howick and Selkirk.

This year’s Dance School Awards was established by MBE Ann Walker to celebrate the achievements of dance schools that often go under the scrutiny they deserve.

This year saw the highest number of entries ever and an increased international dimension with several international schools announced as finalists and award winners.

25 awards were given to different categories and sizes of schools, but it was the FHSD that snagged the enviable first prize.

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