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Dancing on air – Royal award for Moray teacher


By Alistair Whitfield


June Roy, whose married name is Herron, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to Highland Dancing in the Moray community.Picture: Daniel Forsyth.Image No.044144.
June Roy, whose married name is Herron, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to Highland Dancing in the Moray community.Picture: Daniel Forsyth.Image No.044144.

JUNE Roy has received the British Empire Medal for her dedication to teaching young people how to dance.

A life-long Elgin quine, she set up her dance school in 1956 at the age of 17.

Immensely proud of the school's success over the course of the 63 years since, she continues to teach six days a week.

And, such is her dedication, she often spends the seventh day attending various competitions.

June, who received the BEM award under her married name Herron, said: "I've been so fortunate to have a job that I have enjoyed so much. I still absolutely love it and have no plans to retire any time soon.

"It's wonderful to see young people blossom. Some struggle at first to put one foot in front of another, but they soon develop and grow – and not just as dancers.

"Taking part in dance competitions and learning to deal with both success and failure is good preparation for life in general.

"Even more important, however, is that they enjoy themselves while learning how to dance."

June teaches Highland, Scottish National, tap and ballet.

Her daughter Jayne has also followed in her footsteps and is now a partner in the school, which also runs classes in jazz, Irish, freestyle and rock n roll.

Meanwhile, June's grandson Lewis finished seventh in last year's World Highland Dance Championship which was held in Cowal.

June said: "I've been overwhelmed by the response since the award was announced.

"I've had good wishes sent from friends, dancing friends, colleagues, parents, pupils and former pupils. It's all been a very emotional and wonderful experience."

The June Roy School of Dance has its studio in Emmaus House on Academy Street, Elgin. It also runs classes at the Forres Masonic Lodge.



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