Both Jennifer and Michelle are fully insured and PVG registered.
Michelle Nichols is 20 and is an associate teacher within the JDW Highland Dance school. She has been part of JDW for just over a year and both Jennifer and the dancers are very lucky to have such a wonderful teacher and team member. Michelle has been dancing from the age of 5 in Highland, Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She is a competitive adult highland dancer and has recently joined Jennifer in coaching classes and will continue to do so in the future and will now work her way towards her full teacher's exam in 2019.
Michelle has also travelled locally and worldwide performing with her previous dance schools and other highland dance teams in places such as German, Spain and Belgium.
Michelle has performed for several years in the world famous "Taste of Scotland Show" at Prestonfield's House Hotel in Edinburgh. She is a talented dancer and is an inspiration to all our younger dancers and we are all very grateful to have her as part of our team
Outside of the dancing world Michelle is in her third year at The University of Strathclyde studying Biomedical Science with the hope to study medicine afterwards.
Jennifer Whitehead is 25 and a SOHDA fully qualified teacher. She has been teaching since the age of 16 helping out at other dance schools and established JDW highland dance in 2010 and started highland dancing at the age of 8 years old.
Over the years Jennifer has competed at many competitions winning various championships as well as dancing at weddings, ceilidh's, shows, festivals and Military Tattoos across the world. Jennifer has danced in many countries performing in festivals and shows alone and alongside Keltika Highland Dance Team and Scottish Highland Dance Company. Holland, Norway, Italy, France, Spain and Germany are just some of the beautiful countries that she has performed in.
"Having my very own highland dance school was something I knew I always wanted. I looked up to my dance teacher and wanted to be just like her. She taught me everything I know and provided me with fantastic opportunities growing up in the dancing world. I am now very grateful that I have grown into a knowledgeable dance teacher carrying over the skills I learned and now passing on my skills and advice to my dancers. I believe that children should love what they do and have fun. I like to have small classes to provide dancers with the best coaching experience and ensure everyone is treated fairly. I love that the dancers have fun but it is also important that classes are structured and disciplined accordingly".
Jennifer is also a qualified Podiatrist who studied at Queen Margaret University, graduated in 2016 and is now working full-time within the NHS. Jennifer is also continuing with Podiatry studies as well as additional highland dancing qualifications.