Jenny King – Founder (10 Jan 1951 – 17 Feb 2013)
Jenny first started dancing at the Ida Ballingal school of dance as a child and during this time she excelled in many highland exams and finally gained her BBO teaching diploma in 1970. Jenny first opened the ‘Strathkinness School of Dance’ in 1980 for a few pupils in Strathkinness Church Hall, Strathkinness. Her passion for dance and love of children soon saw her reputation grow and, before long, her hobby had turned into a full time job! She quickly gained contracts with Newpark and St Katherines schools, then in 1988 she took over the Ann Roberts School of Dance in St Andrews. With the growing popularity of the St Andrews classes and due to the wishes of her late husband, Jenny decided to rename the school Jenny King’s Academy of Dance in the mid 1990’s. Around this time Jenny also gained her Associate Teacher status with Distinction. Her commitment and love for what she did saw her pupils not only receive excellent examination results but many have gone on to professional dance schools, leading to professional careers in dance. Jenny lost a very brave battle with cancer in February 2013. Her love, passion and enthusiasm for dance lives through the generations of pupils that have passed through the school. She was most likely to be heard saying “life is not a dress rehearsal” or “Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain”.
Jenny King’s Dance Academy
The Strathkinness School of Dance was first opened by Jenny King in 1969 until 1974, then the doors closed for 6 years as she had her children. The doors re-opened in 1980 with 2 classes on a Friday evening for 12 children. Over the years, as the school grew, extra classes were added. In 1982, adult keep fit and tap classes were introduced and a year later ballet. In 1991, Jenny took over the Ann Roberts School of Dance which enabled her to have classes in St Andrews and Newpark School. Around this time, she was also invited to introduce Highland dance at St Katherine’s School. Ballet and Modern dance are now taught at St Leonard’s Junior School, formerly known as St Katherine’s. Drama was introduced in 2004 under the direction of Ms Sarah Heald. It was always Jenny’s husband’s wish that the school be called after her, so after his sudden death in 1993, she changed the name from Strathkinness School of Dance to the Jenny King’s Academy of Dance. Sadly, Jenny lost a very brave battle with cancer in February 2013, and the Academy is now run by her daughter, Jemma, who is determined to maintain the high standards set by her mother and to continue the experience that many young people have enjoyed over the years.