The City of Edinburgh Dance School @ Broughton High School

General Information

  • Download an Application Form for 2016-17 here

Broughton High School's Talented Young Performer Programme

Broughton High School's Talented Young Performer Programme is for Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils interested in dance. Pupils from across Edinburgh can audition to be part of the programme.  The programme is run by Broughton High School's Specialist Dance Department and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Arts and Creative Learning Team.

Classes are on a Friday afternoon from 2-4pm in the Dance Studios at Broughton High School. Throughout the year students will participate in weekly technique classes in jazz, contemporary and choreography.   Ballet technique will also be taught but not through specific ballet classes. The pupils will also get the opportunity to perform in Broughton High School’s Specialist Dance end of year show in June.


Upcoming Auditions dates for entrance onto the programme for 2016/2017. Please download and fill out an application form to secure a place at the audition.

Preliminary Audition for entry into S1 Specialist Dance

January 29:  2-4pm

*These auditions are for P7 students (for entry into S1)

Final S1 Audition (This is a call back for those successful in the first round of auditions)

March 4:  2-4pm

P6/7 Talented Young Performers Auditions

May 20: 2-4pm

*These auditions are for students currently in P5 (for entrance into the P6 programme) and for students currently in P6 (for entry into the P7 programme).

We intend to have an open afternoon prior to the S1 auditions. The open afternoon will be on either in December or January. Information about this will be uploaded to the school website as soon as we have it available. 


All dance auditions will take place in the Dance Studios at Broughton High School from 2-4pm. Registration will take place at the school reception from 1:45pm onwards where your child will be registered and given their number for the audition. At this point you will meet with students that are currently in the Dance School along with a member of the teaching staff who will take the children along to the dance corridor where they will be shown to changing rooms before being taken to the dance studio. Parents are requested to drop their child off at reception once they have been registered, they will not be allowed to accompany them along to the dance corridor.

Candidates should wear clothing that is comfortable to dance in. For example:

  • Girls – leotard and leggings/convertible ballet tights or leggings and a vest top and bare feet, hair neatly tied back from their face.
  • Boys – leotard and shorts/leggings or shorts and t-shirt and bare feet.

Everything that the candidates will be required to do during the audition will be taught to them on the day; there is no need to prepare anything. The audition will incorporate jazz, ballet and creative movement. Members of the Dance School teaching faculty along with senior students will lead the class.

The audition panel will be made up of members of the teaching faculty and an email will be sent out following the audition detailing whether your child has been successful at the audition.  Please note that no correspondence can be entered into if the results of the audition are unfavourable.

We are now accepting application forms for entry in 2016/2017. Please send in your application to secure a place at the audition.



Pre-Vocational Dance Course

Broughton High School offers its pupils the unique opportunity of receiving specialist dance tuition alongside the mainstream secondary curriculum, providing a unique blend of academic education and specialist training.  Pupils are also encouraged to continue their training at their current private dance school.

The City of Edinburgh Dance School aims to awaken interest, ignite passion and foster talent in its students by providing pupils with the opportunity to learn and develop their skills in a wide range of genres of dance.  Not only will they develop their dance skills and raise their awareness and appreciation of dance as an art form, but they will also develop their confidence, enthusiasm, passion and commitment to dance.

Entry on to the course is by audition only.  Students are chosen for their enthusiasm for dance, allied to flexibility, musicality, creativity, intelligence and potential.  Students are appraised as they progress through the Dance School.  Those whose technique does not show the expected level of progress by their S2 and S4 appraisals are offered support and assistant in exploring alternative subject choices and careers.

In S1/2 the pupils are timetabled for dance classes for six periods a week, with additional classes after school on a Friday and during the week depending on their prior experience.  The hour of dance within the curriculum increase as the student progresses through the school.  Pupils will study Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Choreography, History of Dance and Dance Appreciation.  They will also have the opportunity to study SQA Intermediate 2 in S3, Higher in S4 or S5, and HNC Professional Stage Dance in S5 and S6.  Throughout their time at Broughton High School, students will also take additional classes based on RAD, BBO, BATD and ISTD syllabi with a view to sitting examinations in these disciplines at school or within their current private dance schools.  The RAD, BBO, BATD and ISTD have an international reputation for excellence in dance training.

Throughout the course there are regular opportunities to work with guest teachers and choreographers, many of whom are currently involved in the professional dance world.  All of the pupils participate in the annual school choreography competition, various small-scale performances and the main summer production.  Students from the City of Edinburgh Dance School have performed in a wide variety of shows, including:  The 50th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at the Edinburgh Conference Centre;  at Moray House School of Education the pupils performed at the annual Education Conference alongside the Edinburgh Schools' Jazz Band;  at the Royal Lyceum Theatre the dancers performed in "Our Scotland" where they worked in collaboration with the BA (Honours) students from Edinburgh's Telford College;  Dance Base;  Stockbridge House;  St Giles' Cathedral at the Academic Service, at the City Chambers, as well as at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre as part of The Dance Quest Project.  The pupils were highly praised on all occasions. 

Last session they worked alonside dance artists from the Scottish Ballet, Edinburgh's Telford College BA (Honours) students, artists involved with the National Galleries of Scotland, as well as Advanced Higher art students from the school on a project based around the Scottish Ballet's new piece, "A Streetcar Named Desire".  Students performed at the National Galleries in March last year..

Every year the students participate in the Edinburgh Schools' Dance Competitiion and have won the overall awards for both the Junior and Senior sections.

As well as performing in shows, students are expected to widen their knowledge and understanding of dance by going to watch dance performances at the theatre.  There will be performances that we will go and see as a group - by doing this we will get the tickets at a more affordable price.

Many of the students who progress through the Dance School go on to further education in dance.



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The Teaching Staff

The Teaching Staff 

Head of Dance Laura McAdam
Ballet, Tap, Choreography, Anatomy, Fitness, Theory Laura McAdam
Contemporary, Choreography, Pilates Pamela Day
Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Choreography Laura Proudfoot
Jazz, Modern, Choreography Jenni Inglis
Ballet, Jazz, Choreography Amanda McNally

 Guest Teachers 2010-2013:

 Andrea Douglas (Contemporary)
 Nikki Fraser (Scottish Dance Theatre)
 Sinmon Karaiskos (Matthew Bourne's New Adventures)
 Suzanne Shanks (Jazz)
 David Hughes (David Hughes Dance)
 Charles McNeil (San Francisco Ballet)
 Catarina Lappin (Scottish Ballet)
 Rambert Dance Company



The new Broughton High School opened on 27 February 2009 and the purpose-built dance facilities are state of the art.  The dance studios are comparable to, if not superior to those found in many full-time vocational dance schools.  The dance studios both have built-in sound systems, barres and sprung floors.  There is also a dedicated classroom for all contextual studies and three performance areas.  The dance students have access to an air-conditioned fitness suite which is equipped with up-to-date CV and weight machines.


S1 and S2

In S1 and S2 specialist dance pupils will be extracted from six periods a week to participate in dance lessons.  This will happen in consultation with students and parents.  They are likely to miss IDL (Interdisciplinary Learning), PSE (Personal and Social Education) and a period of PE.  They will not miss English or Maths and they will not miss the same subject twice.  Students will attend additional R.A.D. Ballet classes after school on a Tuesday, depending on prior experience.

S3 and S4

Pupils who continually work hard and progress as expected in all classes throughout S1 and S2 will be advised that they can progress into S3 Dance.  In S3 pupils will select dance as one of their elected subjects and will be timetabled for dance six hours a week - they will no longer miss any classes.  In S3 pupils will follow the SQA National 5 Dance Course.  Successful completion of the National 5 course will allow pupils to progress on to Higher Dance in S4.  Higher Dance is a recognised qualification nationally that is accepted for entry to university and college.

S5 and S6

Following successful completion of Higher Dance, pupils will gain access to HNC Professional Stage Dance depending on practical and academic ability.  HNC Dance is normally only available at college and provides students with an excellent foundation for further education in Dance.  In S5 or S6 pupils will also have the opportunity to develop their teaching and leadership skills and work towards gaining an award in Dance Leadership as well as using this experience towards gaining their Duke of Edinburgh Award.  Many of the students go in to neighbouring primary schools as part of their PSD to teach dance to the pupils. 

The aim of the HNC Professional Stage Dance course is to prepare pupils for leaving high school by providing them with the skills and discipline that will allow them to progress into further education or a performance career in dance or musical theatre.  The course will help students to develop their technical performance skills in dance, singing and acting to a high standard. It will teach pupils to work effectively with fellow performers, directors, choreographers and technical staff. The course will enable dancers to take responsibility for their own professional development and assist them with audition techniques."

For further information about the HNC Professional Stage Dance Course please click here