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PICTURES: Young performers assemble in Inverness, after Covid restrictions ease


By Louise Glen

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Amy Gallagher leads her class in a warm up. Picture: James Mackenzie
Amy Gallagher leads her class in a warm up. Picture: James Mackenzie

DANCE students in Inverness are delighted to be treading the boards again.

TFX Performing Arts Academy resumed classes at the end of April, after staff worked hard to make sure the venue at the Old High Hall in Academy Street was ready to receive students in a Covid-safe manner.

TFX Performing Arts Academy (also below).
TFX Performing Arts Academy (also below).

Principal Sally Robertson said: “We have cleaned up the alleyway alongside the hall so that each studio can have its own door.

“We have also spent hours reading through guidelines and consulting with experts.

“The safety of staff and students is paramount at TFX.”

Artistic director Claire Darcy took on the role of student welfare officer over lockdown, holding classes via Zoom and mental health workshops.

The school develops students' life skills as well as their dance ability. Picture: James Mackenzie
The school develops students' life skills as well as their dance ability. Picture: James Mackenzie

“It was so important to us to keep in touch with our students and parents,” she said.

Dance teachers Jada McIntyre and Amy Gallagher (front, left and right) with artistic director Claire Darcy (centre) and students. Picture: James Mackenzie
Dance teachers Jada McIntyre and Amy Gallagher (front, left and right) with artistic director Claire Darcy (centre) and students. Picture: James Mackenzie

“I was impressed with how many of them adapted to a new interactive way of meeting and interacting, but it’s wonderful to meet again face-to-face and feel the warmth and enthusiasm in the room again. Although we are glad we could interact with students on Zoom, there is nothing like the feeling of ‘in person’ learning.”

Students are delighted to be back in person at classes at the Old High Hall .Picture: James Mackenzie
Students are delighted to be back in person at classes at the Old High Hall .Picture: James Mackenzie

A presence in the city for more than 20 years former students of TFX include Hollywood actress Karen Gillan.

Assistant principal Kayleigh Redford said: “Our students experience so much growth at TFX.

The school runs classes in a number of different dance styles. Picture: James Mackenzie
The school runs classes in a number of different dance styles. Picture: James Mackenzie

“Not only in technique and performance skills, but skills for life that they will carry with them forever.”

For more information on what the school can offer and how to get involved, email info@tfxperform.com or call 01463 231500.

Changes at the school to comply with Covid regulations mean students enter classes by separate doors. Picture: James Mackenzie
Changes at the school to comply with Covid regulations mean students enter classes by separate doors. Picture: James Mackenzie

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