From Falkirk dancing teachers to calendar girls

The teachers in tutus
The teachers in tutus

Dancing teachers stripped off their leotards and tutus to give their young pupils an opportunity to be in the spotlight.

In true ‘Calendar Girls’ style, they left little to the imagination to model for a calendar.

All money raised from its sale will help stage the Royal Academy of Dance’s Genée International Ballet Competition which takes place in Glasgow this September.

Dance teacher Amanda Clark from Central Scotland Ballet School not only starred in the calendar – together with mum Jacqueline Clark she is June 2014 – but she took all the photographs.

She said: “Scottish RAD teachers are taking part in the fundraising initiative to support September’s Genée International competition. I am on the regional committee and we came up with the idea for the calendar.

“Together with my husband Cameron Leask, I’ve been travelling all over Scotland to take photographs of RAD teachers, examiners, pianists and even Scottish Ballet dancers in cheeky and amusing poses.”

Also featured are Irene Langlands and her staff from Stenhouse School of Dance who are August 2013. Their modesty is kept covered by a pile of colourful tutus.

Amanda added: “The whole project has been huge fun with lots of hilarity at every shoot. The Stenhouse staff had champagne on hand to settle their nerves and, we ensured the doors to the local community centre were firmly locked as we prepared for ours.

“Larger dance schools were ‘encouraged’ to take a page in the calendar and the principals agreed, although not all their staff were so enthusiastic. Some people were very shy and others couldn’t wait to get stripped off!”

Genée International is an annual event being held in Glasgow for the first time. It offers aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and professionals, as well as a chance to perform on an international stage.

Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell, Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare and Scottish Ballet artistic director Christopher Hampson will select medallists from rising stars.