JKDA History

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.