"At the Margaret Cleves School of Dancing, our aim is to provide a positive and relaxed environment for students to learn Highland Dancing, whilst implementing the core values of sportsmanship, respect and integrity"
About Margaret Cleves School of Dancing

The Principal of the School, Margaret Reichelt O.A.M. is a qualified teacher and fellow of the National Dancing Association of Australia (N.D.A.A.) and an adjudicator on the World Wide Judging Panel. Teacher Katie Edwards is also a qualified teacher with the N.D.A.A. and B.A.T.D. (British Association of Teachers of Dancing).

In the 58 years since its inception, the school has produced 26 State and National Champions resulting in it being regarded nationally as one of Australia’s premier Highland Dancing schools. Students have also travelled overseas representing both the school and their country to compete successfully in Scotland and have performed at the Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland and the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland.

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Competition and fun classes

At the Margaret Cleves School of Dancing it is all about the students, which is why we offer the option of both competition or fun classes for all dancers from the age of three. Whether they be a budding future champion or a dancer simply wishing to enjoy the art of Highland Dancing and its benefits, we believe that people of all ages and capabilities should be able to enjoy this beautiful style of dance incorporating strength, grace and agility. N.D.A.A. exams are also held annually, and classes

are offered for those students wishing to sit the exams. At the school, we acknowledge that not every dancer wishes to dance competitively, which is why we offer a fun class for those that wish to enjoy the art of Highland Dancing without engaging in the challenge of competition. The dancers in this class are able to perform at our annual concert if they wish, however it is not compulsory. In recent years, Junior and Senior choreography classes have become a major

element of the school. These classes combine traditional Highland dance movements with modern celtic music and costumes to produce energetic dances which are both visually impressive and unique to the school. The dancers find pleasure in moving away from the more traditional Highland dances and experimenting with different methods and sequences to produce a more modern dance style.

Margaret Cleves Dancers are invited to perform regularly throughout the year at community events and performances and are able to compete at competitions both local and away if they wish. Our annual concert is held at the Barn Palais and is a fun, family oriented evening which both parents and students eagerly look forward to.

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