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About Us

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Our Story

At the Dance Factory we have an unparalleled commitment to quality Dance Education and have worked tirelessly over the past thirty years to achieve our status as an Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Approved Dance Centre offering the, government recognised professional teaching qualifications of the Diploma in Dance Education (DDE). 


The ISTD is accredited by Ofqual.


We teach children from three years of age onwards and many former students have gone on to have successful and fulfilling careers in the performing arts worldwide as performers, educators and administrators. We also have had students go on to further their education at Laine Theatre Arts, Bird College, Italia Conti, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Performers College and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Meet The Team


Sophie trained at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts, Edinburgh, where she performed in many productions.


After graduating in 2020, Sophie has since joined Dance Factory to train further and gain more experience in a variety of dance styles with Lesley Wood as her tutor. Sophie has also went on to pursue her ISTD DDE teacher training at the Dance Factory. Currently,


Sophie teaches and assists some of our children and adult classes. 

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Susan Haldane, BA (Honours) Open, Diploma in Dance Education (ISTD), Diploma in Professional Stage Dance


In 2006, Susan graduated from Dance for All at the Theatre School, Edinburgh with a Diploma in Professional Stage Dance. Thereafter, she gained a contract for Disneyland Paris where she was involved in daily parades and character work. 


Susan then decided to return to Glasgow and embark on her dance teaching career and has now been teaching dance to children and adults for over 16 years. Throughout her teaching career Susan completed her Diploma in Dance Education in both Modern and Tap (ISTD) under the tutorage of Lesley Wood at The Dance Factory. Most recently, Susan used her credits gained from her dance teaching qualifications to obtain a place in the third year of a BA (honours) Open Degree. 


Susan says “It’s an absolute joy to teach the adult Tap and Ballet classes at The Dance Factory”.

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