About the Teacher
Bethany McKeand was a student at the Silke Mackay School of Dance from the age of two. Here she found her love for Cecchetti ballet, tap and modern/jazz dance. Growing up, dance became a huge part of her life as she embraced the opportunities offered to her through the school, attending choreography competitions, summer schools and dance residential trips. Bethany studied GCSE and A Level dance and went on to complete two dance degrees; a BA (Hons) degree in Dance, and an MA in Dance Research - both from the University of Chichester - which she spent five years studying for. At University, Bethany studied dance teaching; contemporary, ballet and contact technique; dance science, heath and safe practice; choreography; dance writing, criticism and journalism; popular dance studies; dance history; dance film and repertory studies.
Over this time, teaching has been something Bethany has always enjoyed and found extremely rewarding. She began assisting ballet classes at the Silke Mackay School of Dance from the age of 13, and went on to lead classes at the school following her Master's Degree. Bethany has undertaken various leadership and teaching courses and modules and continually seeks ways to develop and expand her knowledge and understanding of teaching. Bethany's main aim is to create a nurturing environment for young dancers to discover new capabilities in a supportive and positive atmosphere.