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Jennifer Whitehead is 26 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. Jennifer had started highland dancing at the age of 8 years old and competed until fairly recently at the end of 2018.
Over the years Jennifer has competed at many competitions winning various championships such as Senior British Champion in 2016, runner-up in 2017 and 2018 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. For a number of years she danced alongside Keltika Highland Dance Team, Scottish Highland Dance Company and The Royal Scots Pipe band. Holland, Norway, Italy, France, Spain and Germany are just some of the beautiful countries that she has performed in over the years.
"Having my very own highland dance school was something I knew I always wanted. I have been very fortunate over the years being able to compete and perform across the world. I am now very grateful that I have grown into a knowledgeable dance teacher carrying over the skills I learned over the year and I am now passing on my skills and advice to my own 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. Although it is important to have fun, it is also vital that classes continue to stay structured and disciplined accordingly".
Jennifer is also a qualified Sports Therapist who studied at Telford College until 20112 (now Edinburgh College) then moved onto graduated in 2016 in podiatry at Queen Margaret University. Jennifer now work's full time within the NHS as well as running a successful dance school. Jennifer is also continuing with Podiatry studies at MSc level as well as additional highland dancing qualifications. Jennifer is currently undergoing her UKA teacher's assessment in 2019 in order to gain additional knowledge and qualifications.