Jane first started dancing at Dance UK formerly ‘Jacqui Wilson School of Dance, when she was just two years old where she was first taught by Miss Brady. Jane then went on to take part in her first show in 1998 which helped her grow in confidence and helped her to find her love for performing on a stage. She then went on to participate in every Dance UK production in venues across Glasgow including Theatre Royal, The Mitchell and SECC Armadillo, until her last one in 2013.
Throughout her time at Dance UK Jane sat many exams in Ballet, Tap, Disco, Jazz and Modern. In 2010 Jane gained a place in the Pro Dance course at Dance UK where she trained in ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern. She also had the opportunity to perform at many gigs during this time including the Evening Times award ceremony and charity events. This course gave Jane a taste of the life of a dancer and showed her the hard work that is required to succeed in the industry.
In 2011 Jane was given the opportunity to assist within younger classes.It was then that she discovered her love for teaching and working with children. When it was finally time for Jane to leave Dance UK as a pupil, before starting university, she was offered a part time position assisting in classes throughout Dance UK. At the age of 18, Jane achieved a teaching qualification with the British Association of Teacher of Dancing (BATD). Throughout this time Jane also attended Glasgow Caledonian University where she gained a BA Honours Degree in Social Sciences with Criminology.
Jane has been part of the Dance UK team for ten years now. Throughout this time she has gained a lot of knowledge and experience and is now a full-time teacher with Dance UK. Jane loves being a part of the team. She is extremely lucky to have a job in something she is passionate about. Jane says ‘The best part about working with children is feeling like you have helped them to achieve something. It is such a rewarding job. My number one aim is to make sure every child leaves class with a smile on their face.’
Dance UKs 2014 show was the first show Jane spent working backstage and is now one of her favourite parts of the teaching year. She loves the buzz of being backstage and loves to watch the children perform their routines after all their hard work throughout the year. Jane can not wait for live performances to resume and is extremely excited for the next Dance UK Live.
Jane also runs a small home fragrance business, selling wax melts, burners and diffusers and spends her spare time working on this. She is also extremely dedicated to her fitness and workout regime and loves to be a positive, motivating person throughout her classes and outside of work.