Original Band Music

February 3rd, 2020 ‘Back at Betty’s today and giving it laldie in her kitchen. Watched 42nd Street and Steppin’ Out on Betty’s TV in the comfort of a good sofa. It is always great to watch films with Betty, Doreen and Marie as they have so much to share about the choreography, the dancers and the steps. Learned todayContinue reading “Original Band Music”

On The Road

January 20th, 2020 “We all met at Betty’s house today, it was a bouncing, bubbly day including a bottle of fizz chilling in Betty’s fridge “for the girls”, and wonderful to see everyone again after our Christmas break. A new dancer Libby Day joined us and we hope Libby will become a regular with usContinue reading “On The Road”

Fond Farewells

December 9th, 2019 Our end of season party and our final day in the Festival Theatre. We went out on a bang. All of us were there and we were joined by lots of friends and family and colleagues and supporters. The prosecco (of course) flowed, the cake was sliced and the feet were tappingContinue reading “Fond Farewells”

The Shoulders We Stand On

November 25th, 2019 “Excellent to host our friends from Glencairn Care Home once again. Everyone is improving, leading things off and generally in their element. Also, lots of chat and information shared – podcasting potential for the future perhaps!” “Learned about the old Plaza in Morningside, Friday night was Plaza night and you hoped you’dContinue reading “The Shoulders We Stand On”

Jackie Dennis

September 24th, 2018 An unbelievable day and a privilege – joining us today is Scotland’s first pop star, the wonderful Jackie Dennis. Wow! A man of tremendous generosity, sharing many stories about his life in the limelight– how he was discovered, who was kind to him, what luck had to do with it, getting intoContinue reading “Jackie Dennis”

Teach, Talk & Watch

June 11th, 2018 “A terrific first-class with actor Adam Tompa – Marie took him under her wing for a one-on-one tap lesson. They went on for over an hour! Adam is going to continue coming for a few weeks to get the basics under his wings. Later, we were joined over lunch by a PhDContinue reading “Teach, Talk & Watch”

Dance is a Feeling

December 8th, 2017 In usual style, we had a huge end of season party with many guests; People who have supported us joined classes and workshops, come to meet us, take class or talk, share practice and find out more about the world of Variety Theatre. Plenty of prosecco (now An Audience With… tradition), thanksContinue reading “Dance is a Feeling”

Sharing Practice

November 27th, 2017 “A day of presentations by two artists, Janice Parker Projects and the Saltire Society has supported (with bursaries) Abi Watson and Julia both quite different artists making different kinds of work in different parts of Scotland. A really interesting day, of sharing practice between different generations and another great day of hostingContinue reading “Sharing Practice”

The Elbow System

July 17th, 2017 Another full house today – Katie, the two Martins (film and voice recording), Marie, June, Doreen and I. June mentioned for the first time that her Dad was the manager of Fairlie’s Ballroom, this confused Doreen as she thought “that was where the prostitutes used to be”. Marie then said that herContinue reading “The Elbow System”

Fancy That

June 26th, 2017 “Marie and Doreen with us today, we went over our steps and put them together in a few different ways. Great to be back in the line-up, speaking more about the live events in October. Doreen is rising to this and has a real spark after our week in the studio. MarieContinue reading “Fancy That”