Maggie Paterson

by Pineapple Dance

Maggie is the Principal and founder of Pineapple Performing Arts School based at the Studios for the past 17 years.
She has also been a teacher of classical ballet and jazz dance at Pineapple for over 32 years.

Maggie Paterson enjoyed a varied career in TV, music videos and international tours as a professional dancer and choreographer during the 1980’s / 90’s.

More recently Maggie has been a regular adjudicator, judge and tutor for a variety of leading international dance competitions, including the prestigious international dance competition 'Expressions' held annually in Florence, Italy, by the International Dance Association.

This class is suitable for those who have had experience / trainning in the basic elements of classical Ballet. It is not suitable for students who have never taken any dance or ballet classes previously.

The class is ideal for those who need to compliment their dance training in jazz, street, contemporary etc and is also ideal for the professional dancer who is returning to class after a break or injury. Held in one of Pineapples largest studio's with live pianist accompaniment this class has all the essence of a professional ballet class, just at a slightly slower pace!

This class is suitable for the absolute adult beginner, all the elements of a classical ballet are taught in great detail with carefully explained barre work, followed by an adventurous centre practice where students are encouraged to have a go at pirouettes, small jumps and leaps.

The class is accompanied by a live pianist, all students are encouraged that they can achieve ballet technique, even if they are a late starter and have had no previous dance experience. The more advanced student can greatly benefit from this class which is slow and controlled, ideal after a break or injury! The class is not suitable for children under 12.