Jean Shannly School of Dance


About Us

Jean Shannly School of Dancing was established in 1982 by Jean Shannly a very well known and respected figure within the Dancing community. Jean retired from competitive dancing and devoted her time to teaching her daughter Rachel, herself now a fully qualified teacher of over 25 years standing.

Jean is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing (UKA). She is also a qualified examiner. She has raised over £30,000 for local good causes thanks to her annual charity show.

The Jean Shannly School runs regular dancing classes for students of all ages and abilities, catering for ages from 2½ years upwards, from absolute beginner to pupils accepted by Scottish Ballet. We also offer courses leading to professional teaching qualifications in Highland, Tap, and Ballet.

Where We Are

Based in Linlithgow, we run weekly classes at local venues Monday to Saturday. Individual private tuition is also available on request.


Classes are small in number to ensure that each pupil is able to achieve their full potential. All classes are taken by a fully qualified teacher and no unqualified or student teachers are used under any circumstances. If the need arises for a student teacher to work with children to gain experience, volunteers will be sought and classes run at no cost to the children involved. 


26. Oct, 2022
Congratulations Katie and Sarah!
Congratulations to Katie Binsted and Sarah Meikle.
Sarah has just passed her UKA Provisional Teacher's Examination in Highland and Katie has passed her UKA Provisional Teacher's Examinations in both Highland and Ballet. Not content with this she has now began her Associates examination in Highland.
17. Oct, 2022
The timetables for the Highland exam on Tuesday 22 November and the Ballet and Modern exam on Friday 25 November have been posted on the Exam Timetables page.
22. Jul, 2022
Some pictures have been added to the Summer Classes 2022 page.
12. Jul, 2022
Message from Mrs Shannly
I hope you all have a lovely summer break.
Many thanks to all the dancers for their hard work this year.
I look forward to seeing you all in the new term.
7. Jul, 2022
I am delighted to announce that Caroline Bakam has become the latest pupil to be accepted into the Scottish Ballet Junior Associates programme.
13. Aug, 2021
Message from Mrs Shannly
"I hope you have all had a lovely summer break. Many thanks to all the dancers who contributed to a very successful summer lessons programme.

A special mention goes to Louise Paterson, Rebecca Donaghue, Isla Petrie and Alice Clark who successfully set their provisional teacher's exam in ballet.

I am looking forward to seeing you all as the new term gets underway on Monday."

Mrs Shannly
12. Aug, 2021
The new timetable for the forthcoming term can be found on the Class Info page. Classes start of Monday 16 August 2021