Angela Watson began dancing at the age of seven at “The Academy of Ballet” in Edinburgh under the watchful eyes of Joan Tucker and Jack Spurgeon. At the age of seventeen she studied full time at “The Academy of Ballet” and then at “The Stella Mann School” in London, training in ballet, jazz, tap, choreography, character and notation.
Her professional dance career spanned a fulfilling eleven years where she worked with ballet and modern companies, taking her to Scotland, London, Europe, America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Dubai. Her commercial work involved two tours on board cruise ships as well as various slots on television. Her last engagement as a professional dancer was in London dancing for Yehudi Menuhin.
After qualifying from “The Royal Academy of Dance” Angela taught in many private ballet schools in Cape Town, here in Edinburgh at Dancebase and Telford College (now Edinburgh College)
She went on to set up “The Angela Watson School of Dance” in 2002, the school has grown in strength and is now very well established earning a reputation for fun, stimulating classes with high standards throughout. Exam results are excellent and shows at the Churchill Theatre are always extremely well received proving most popular with children and parents alike.
We now have 4 competition teams and these do extremely well in competitions throughout Edinburgh and Scotland. Mrs Hardie and Miss Johnston run these competition teams.
Summer dance camps in July/August prove very popular each year.
Angela says “Running the dance school and teaching young people to dance is extremely rewarding, I am so lucky to be doing the job I do and I love every moment of it.”
Hayley Hardie BA (Hons) Dance, HND Dance Artist, Royal Academy of Dance CBTS (RTS)
Hayley started her professional dance training at ‘The Dance School of Scotland’ from 2000 – 2006. During her time there she performed the role of Young Juliet in Scottish Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet as well as performing in the Dance schools annual showcase.
She then went on to complete 3 years of professional dance training at Edinburgh’s Telford College graduating with a BA (Hons) Dance Degree.
Most recently Hayley has gained her Classical Ballet Teaching Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance. Her teaching experience includes Angela Watson School of Dance, McNally Dance Academy Kelso, Morningside Dance Academy, BA Taking Flight Tour workshops at Reid Kerr and Telford College and Placement at Broughton High School.
Hayley has been teaching for Angela Watson School of dance since 2010 and this is now Hayley’s only teaching job as she is now a full time mum.
Hayley is our competition team and summer dance camp coach, she is a huge part of the dance school and loved by all.
Charlotte Johnston BA (Hons) Dance, HND Dance Artist
Charlotte started her dance training at the age of three, her love of dance and talent led her to become a Scottish Ballet and Ballet West Associate where she gained the opportunity to tour as a Sweetie in the Nutcracker. In 2014 Charlotte graduated with a BA Hons Dance from Edinburgh College, quickly moving to London to continue training in Commercial Dance at Pineapple Studios with London Theatre School.Charlotte has had the opportunity to perform as a dancer at various theatres in Edinburgh including The Kings, Lyceum, Playhouse and Festival Theatre. A well as Move It, Royal Academy of Dance Theatre and was Dance Captain for London Theatre Schools performance at the Leicester Square Theatre in London’s west end. Charlotte has been teaching at the Angela Watson School of Dance since 2015 and is a valued member of the team, leading our competition teams to great success and running our summer dance camps every July and August. Charlotte also teaches street/hop hop/commercial dance in many of the City of Edinburgh primary and secondary schools including in the local area, Bonaly, Dalry and Firrhill.