Danns-Ed is a both Student Society and a Professional Level Dance Company at the UoE, involved in the creation of live performances, and offering high-quality dance classes in a range of styles.


  • Danns-Ed Membership£20.00


  • Choreography Workshop Fri 25 Oct 2019 - Member£25.00

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Danns-Ed Technique Classes Schedule

(November 2019)


Classes 12th - 26th November:

(Venue: Orchil Studio in the Pleasance Complex, Edinburgh)


Every Tuesday

BALLET [10:00-11:30]


Every Thursday

CONTEMPORARY [10:00-11:30]


Class capacity is set 20 students maximum per class. Please pay the instructor directly before the class.

For the moment we can only accept cash payments (exact change is highly appreciated).


See below for teacher bios and class info:


Class Prices & Membership

Drop-in Class price: £5 for society members & non-members.



Talk to a teacher or email DannsEd@gmail.com


Membership includes

  • Discounted classes when you purchase a package of 5 classes £20 or 10 classes for £40. Class Cards can be purchased from the teacher.
  • Performance and Choreography possibilities
  • Discounted Workshops
  • First Class FREE when buying a membership


Teacher Bios:

(Class teachers change throughout the year so keep checking back!)



Trishanta Hari-Priya Raman

President / Teacher

Beginner-Advanced: Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Commercial, African, Bollywood, Tap. 

Trishanta is a South African dancer, teacher and choreographer who started her dance journey with Royal Academy of Dance at Linköpings Balletförening in Sweden at the age of 5. Upon her return to South Africa she took dance as an examinable subject at high school while training in Latin American & Ballroom privately with the Beverly Hammond Dance Institute. Her dance training also includes Jazz, Contemporary, African Dance, and Tap. She matriculated at Crawford College Pretoria in 2014 with Dance Studies as a major subject. Trishanta joined Movement House Dance Company in 2010 and Ziadance company in 2012. She started choreographing in 2010, staging works in schools and in theatres. 

She then furthered her dance education at the Tshwane University of Technology where she has completed her National Diploma in Dance majoring in Performance Studies, Composition and Dance Teaching as well as her Baccalaureus Technologiae in Dance majoring in Composition and Dance Teaching (Cum Laude) to complete her qualification with honours. 

Trishanta also worked as an assistant dance teacher at Crawford College Pretoria, teaching Dance Studies theory and practical from grade 8-12 and had an internship with the Event Management & Production company espAfrika, where she worked on the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2019. 

Trishanta is currently living in Edinburgh, where she is the President of Danns-Ed and studying her MSc Dance Science & Education at the University of Edinburgh.


Dru Stine

Vice President / Teacher

Intermediate/Advanced: Jazz 

Dru Stine is a Texas-born native currently studying for her Masters in Dance Education at the University of Edinburgh. She is a freelance choreographer and teacher specializing in jazz, precision dance and drill, and high kick routines. In her early years of dance study, Dru was a competitive studio dancer where she competed in and choreographed for state and national championships. She attended Kilgore College where she studied classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and choreography. Meanwhile, she was a member, Head Sergeant, Swingster and Captain of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. She has performed at President George W. Bush's Black Tie and Boots Ball and as guest performers on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Afterward, she attended the University of North Texas where shew as a member of the North Texas Dancers where she performed with the Black Eyed Peas in Super Bowl XLV. After graduating, Dru Stine went on to teach at Parish Episcopal School where she directed the Parish Rosettes and founded and directed the Junior Dance Company. Additionally, she has taught in dance studios across Texas teaching classes in jazz technique and performance, tap, lyrical, contemporary and dance leadership. Currently, she works for Encore Creative Productions where she writes curriculum, choreographs, and teaches leadership to dancers across the United States. In her teaching, Dru focuses on correct form and execution of evolving jazz technique while creating challenging and engaging combinations and movement qualities. 


Liron Blajwajs

Social Media & Marketing / Teacher

Intermediate/Advanced: Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical Jazz. 

Liron is currently based in Edinburgh, studying towards her Msc in Dance Science and Education at the University of Edinburgh. She was born in Israel, but grow up between Israel and the US. Liron's early training was in rhythmic gymnastics - she made the Israeli national team and participated in both national and international competitions. In 2003 she won the national Israeli title in the group discipline. Liron then started her more intensive training in ballet and contemporary dance at the Thelma Yellin school of arts. Liron has been a dance teacher for over 10 years, teaching a variety of styles, from classical ballet to contemporary, as well as lyrical jazz, and to a range of ages and levels, from 3 year olds to advanced adults. Liron also worked as a freelance dancer in both Tel Aviv and New York, participating in neo-classical as well as contemporary projects. Apart from being a dance teacher, Liron is also a certified Pilates instructor, a yogi and an aerialist. She also has an MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Haifa, and worked as a clinical psychologist for a couple of years, specializing in teenagers with eating disorders. As a teacher Liron wishes to ignite a spark in all of her students, as she believes dance is about passion.


Suzie Baer


Intermediate/Advanced: Ballet


Suzie Baer is a former dancer with the Minnesota Ballet Company. She is currently based in Edinburgh, working towards her Masters in Dance Science and Education. She has been employed as a ballet teacher in the United States for eleven years and has worked with a wide range of ages and abilities, developing a teaching style that is engaged, supportive, energetic, and creative. Her technique style is mostly a blend of Italian and Russian, with a contemporary focus on breath in movement. In her classes, she tries to build student self-confidence, emphasizing the joy of movement.


Yanling Sun


Intermediate/Advanced: Contemporary, Chinese Folk Dance.

Yanling is currently studying for her Masters in Dance Science and Education at the University of Edinburgh. She is a former dancer and dance teacher in the Beijing 9 Dance Theatre. During her time there, Yanling was one of the planners and stage managers of the Beijing new dance festival, and severed as a dance teacher to the cast of the musical "The Book of Songs: Gather Firewood" (a famous musical drama in China). Meanwhile, she was taught by a lead dancer with the Martha Graham dance company. Her early education was from Southwest Minzu University, where she studied Chinese classical dance, Chinese folk dance and modern dance. She also won first prize in Sichuan art competition before becoming a dance teacher. In Yanling's class, floor techniques will be given to improve self-awareness, while working on choreography to improve creativity, as well as an emphasis on basic contemporary dance techniques, to help prevent injuries. The class will include a traveling combination and a combination at the center.


Heather Currie


Intermediate/Advanced: Contemporary

Heather Currie is a teacher, dancer and choreographer who has performed and taught in Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, and, most recently, in Belgrade, Serbia.


Trishanta Raman
Yang Zhao
Social Media & Marketing Officer
Liron Blajwajs
Mark Pace
Vice President
Dru Stine