All About the Studio

All About The Studio

The Studio On The Green is a custom-built dance studio with sprung hard wood floor and natural light. We have changing facilities but no showers. We are a non profit making charitable company limited by guarantee which was founded in 1989 by Jenna Agate and Trevor Timms. After major fundraising, which facilitated the complete renovation of a run-down woollen mill in the Scottish Borders town of Selkirk, The Studio opened its doors for the first term of classes in the autumn of 1990.

The Studio

Jenna and Trevor's aim was to provide a professional quality dance studio where all members of the community, of all ages and abilities, could participate in classes and courses in dance, yoga, T'ai Chi, bodywork and physical therapies for their health, creativity and well-being.

The Studio was granted charitable status in recognition of the artistic, creative, educational and therapeutic nature of its work with all members of society regardless of age, race, sex or ability.

As well as regular, ongoing classes that run over three terms each year, The Studio has provided weekend courses in diverse activities such as African Drumming, Crystal Healing, Meditation, Pilates, Indian dance, Egyptian Dance, Bodywork, Psychotherapy, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Ceroc, Ballroom Dance, Alexander Technique, Tap dance, Feldenkrais, Aikido, Acapella Singing, Reiki, Circle Dance, Dramatherapy and Massage.

Summer Schools and Performance Projects, such as The River Tweed Project, Hobbits, Habits and Hats, and Stories, Sculpture and Skipping Rope have given many people, adults, young people and children, the opportunity to release their creative spirit, meeting others, developing skills and exploring artistic expression.
All About Jenna and Trevor
Learn more about The Studio founders, Jenna Agate and Trevor Timms.
Images from The Studio
Images from The Studio Click here to see selected images from the various projects undertaken at The Studio over the past few years.
The 'Go For It' Dance Company
The 'Go For It' dance company, a group of disabled adults and young people, were based at The Studio from 1991 to 2002. The company met weekly for classes and workshops and performed throughout Scotland in theatres, colleges, and community centres and annually at The Studio's Open Day each summer. In 1998 and 1999 they performed with Laurie Booth and Company in 'Nightwalk' at The Wynd Theatre, Melrose and at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

"Go For It set the scene by crossing the stage, two by two, suitcases in hand…after only four days of improvisation and rehearsal, they gave a remarkably coherent and structured performance."
(Kay Smith on 'Nightwalk' in The Times Educational Supplement,
30th October 1998)

"A number of different dance elements pleasurably mesh in this collaborative project…members of Go For It…make a good account of themselves as travellers whose journeying grounds the performance in a recognisable reality."
(Donald Hutera on 'Nightwalk' in The Scotsman, 9th August 1999)

Outdoor Performances: 'Arbour'
'Arbour' was a major outdoor promenade performance which took place at Bowhill House in the Scottish Borders, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. Jenna Agate directed and choreographed the Go For It dancers and the 'Women Dancing' group from The Studio in a performance that encompassed dance, music, poetry and song. The audience were taken on a journey around the lake and through the gardens, with music by Elspeth Smellie and Lucy Cowan, poetry by Tom Bryan and design by Kate Borthwick.

"Go For It Dance Company, an ensemble of disabled people with an impressive company history built up over eight years of performing and touring…dance through the trees and by the water's edge to clarsach and violin. Isadora Duncan would approve."
(Bill Harpe on 'Arbour' in The Guardian, 3rd July 1999)

"What a fantastic achievement you have made in realising both pieces of work. Live theatre and dance are the toughest, and by the same token, the most rewarding art forms…the Go For It company…lifted my spirits and sense of hope and fun and well-being higher than anything I've seen in years."
(Melanie Harris on 'Arbour' and 'Nightwalk' BBC, 14th August 1999)

The Studio is a registered charity