Jacqueline Casey (A.R.A.D / M.U.K.A)
Director of The Manor School of Ballet
Jacqueline started dancing at 5 years old with the Debra-Ann School of Dancing.
She competed in dance festivals throughout Scotland and later trained as a Highland dancer. She also went on to compete in Europe, Canada, United States and throughout the British Isles. In 1994 Jacqueline attended the Highland World Championships in Cowall, Dunoon and was awarded an overall 4th.
Jacqueline joined the Manor School of Ballet as a pupil and progressed through all of the Royal Academy grades. She then went on to full-time dance training at the Edinburgh Ballet Academy and Edinburgh's Theatre School. It was here that she gained Advanced RAD and Advanced ISTD qualifications in Ballet, Jazz & Tap. At this time she also studied Contemporary dance, drama and singing.
In 1992, Jacqueline returned to the Manor School of Ballet and joined the teaching staff, she then completed her teaching qualifications with the RAD. At the same time she completed her UKA teaching qualification with the Debra-Ann School of Dancing in ballet, highland, tap and jazz.
Jacqueline's dancing career has seen her perform in a number of shows and has had the priveledge to dance for Her Majesty the Queen and Mel Gibson at the premier of Braveheart at Stirling Castle. Jacqueline has also performed in a variety of Scottish shows, including the famous 'A Taste of Scotland' at Prestonfield House Hotel.
In her role as Director, Jacqueline now concentrates her efforts in teaching pupils and assisting in the production of the school shows. She also enjoys choreographing for the Annual Childrens Classic Concerts accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Outwith the school, her talents have seen her work with the Edinburgh Telephone Choir, Edinburgh Gang Show and Edinburgh Zoo's busy summer school.
As a Partner of the Manor School of Ballet, Jacqueline strives to uphold the high standards set by the school founder, Mrs Noel Platfoot.