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Danns-Ed is a both Student Society and a professional level dance company, involved in the creation of live performance, but also in offering high-quality dance classes to all UofE students.


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Announcing Danns-Ed technique classes schedule for Semester 2  

with an added Jazz classe.

January to June 2019...see you in class!


  • Contemporary: Mondays from 10:00 am-11:30 am starting the 21st of January in the Orchil Studio in the Pleasance with Oliver James Anwyl until the 21st of March then Tamsyn Russell till the end of the semester

  • Jazz classe, Wednesdays from 10-11h30am starting the 23rd of January in Orchil Studio in the Pleasance  with Dru Stine 

  • Ballet: Thursdays from 10:00-11:30am starting the 24th of January 2019 in the Orchil Studio in the Pleasance  with Mark Pace

*****See below for teacher bios and class info*****


Class Prices and Membership

  • Drop in Class prices: £5 for society members and for non-members. Society membership is £5 for currently matriculated students and for non-students and can be purchased through the EUSA website. Danns-Ed Standard Membership will allow you to purchase a package of 5 classes for £20 or 10 classes for £40. Classe Cards can be purchased from the teacher.
  • 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), but we will be able to accept card payments in the near future.***
  • Membership will enable you to join Danns-Ed dance company, varoius workshops, discussions and special events during the year.


Classes will be run firstly by Oliver James Anwyl until the 21st of March then Tamsyn Russell till the end of the semester.

Oliver James Anwyl http://www.oliverjamesanwyl.com/
Oliver is a freelance professional choreographer and producer.Training in professional dance at City College Coventry's performing arts centre Oliver went on to pursue a specific interest in contemporary dance and choreographic practice studying to complete a degree in contemporary dance from the University of Chester.
Oliver began professional performing work with Synergy Dance Company, across the UK and European tours. Going on to establish his own company in 2011, Flash in the Attic Dance Theatre (FiTA) which has since toured the UK and Internationally with major contemporary dance theatre works. Oliver's freelance work has taken him across the world including European tours, Africa, and Melbourne Australia. Working alongside leading international artists such as Paul Malek, Graham Ireland, and director Robert Chuter. In 2014 Oliver expanded his work further to launch Dance Horizons- a creative powerhouse for dance which presents one of the UK's leading platforms for contemporary dance choreographers "Innovations Dance Platform". Alongside his work in the professional dance field, Oliver also delivers classes in a variety of genres including Contemporary, Jazz and Modern Ballet Genre.

Tamsyn Russell  https://tamsynrussell.weebly.com/

Tamsyn Russell is a New Zealand born choreographer, dancer and teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
She is a graduate of Unitec New Zealand majoring with a Bachelor in Contemporary Dance. As a dancer she has worked with many established and emerging choreographers in New Zealand, UK and internationally. From relocating to Edinburgh in 2008 -2014 she had been lead dancer and choreographic assistant for Janis Claxton Dance touring nationally and internationally.As a choreographer Russell has created works  'ID Me', 'Hunting Dust',' In the hearts of humans', 'Go Get 'em Kid' and 'Scene Stealer' which have been performed on several Scottish and UK platforms. She has made several works on youth dance companies in Scotland, New Zealand and Finland. What interests Tamsyn as a choreographer is exploring the complex nature of being human and questioning, challenging and compelling the audience to reflect on their own world. Through her work she exposes private thoughts and ideologies and reflects the complexities and idiosyncrasies that determine what it is to be human. Examining different human behaviours and challenging popular stereotypes, with results that are sometimes bleak, funny and bizarre


Dru Stine

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. 



Intermediate/Advanced Ballet


Ballet : Thursdays from 10:00-11:30am

A professional dancer and dance academic, currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (UoE) where he tutors on the MSc in Dance Science and Education programme. Mark has over thirty years of dancing, teaching and guesting experience in various international ballet companies, school settings and has spoken in various conferences. Originally, from Australia, at the age of 16 joined the Australian Ballet School when after one year was accepted into the Australian Ballet (AB) where later was awarded a grant to study at the Paris Opera Ballet School. At the age of 21 was nominated to soloist performing many roles in the classical and neoclassical repertoire of the company. Subsequently, later joined the Ballet Béjart Lausanne, the Bayerishes Staatsballet, Munich, as a soloist, finally perfoming with the Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin, France until 2008. Other dance projects include international guesting, coaching, creating and assisting choreographers with ballet companies such as the Paris Opera, Shanghai Ballet, Central Ballet of China, National Ballet of Vietnam, among others.As a pedagogue, Mark’s work includes safe dance practices with a special focus on alignment, coordination and the flow of the movement through the breath. He is presently  a PhD student with the UoE and holds a Masters in Dance Science and Education with Distinction (UoE), a BA (Hons) in Dance Education (Royal Academy of Dance), the State Dance Diploma (DE) and Certificate of Aptitude (CA) from France and a Diploma for Dance Teaching and Management (ATOD).







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Mark Pace
Vice President
Dru Stine