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About Us

Starting in 1959, Helen Young School of Dancing is a long established dance school in Paisley.


Principal Claire Irwin, assisted by Jane McKenzie, Holly Campbell, and Anna Feeney all of whom are fully qualified dance teachers and former pupils of Helen Young School of Dancing. 

Claire Irwin

I started my journey at Helen Young School of Dancing in 1990, under former Principal Christine O'Donnell. Throughout my time at the dance school I have participated in various B.A.T.D. examinations and annual dance displays. I participated in B.A.T.D. amateur medal tests and gained my first professional teaching qualification in 2006. I began to assist at weekly dance classes and continue to increase my own teaching skills and qualifications.

I have also participated in Latin American, Ballroom Dance, Line Dance and Rock 'N' Roll B.A.T.D. amateur medal tests and also in various dance competitions around the country in these branches of dance.

Qualifications include:

Associate B.A.T.D. Modern Dance

Associate B.A.T.D. Stage

Associate B.A.T.D. Ballet

Member B.A.T.D Majorette

Fellow B.A.T.D Freestyle

Fellow B.A.T.D Traditional Step Dancing

Dance continues to be a great passion of mine and I am delighted that I am able to pass this on to our very own Helen Young pupils. 

Claire x

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