House of Jack was formed in 2017 to create a new, accessible dance institution in Edinburgh, focusing on street dance styles and welcoming to all ages and level of ability, providing a friendly and unintimidating environment in which to learn. House of Jack provides classes for adults and kids from Primary 1 up, as well as workshops, youth company training, performances and events.
House of Jack aims to create a friendly and fun environment for people to learn to dance, where everyone is welcome - come join us for a dance sometime!
House of Jack Team
House of Jack is directed by award-winning hip hop dancer and choreographer, Ashley Jack, who teaches the majority of classes as well as the youth companies, the Mini Jackers and Jackin' the Box. Born and based in Edinburgh, Ashley Jack trained at Edinburgh's Telford college (now PASS), where she completed an HND in Professional Stage Dance, as well as with hip hop and house dance pioneers in New York, Paris and Holland, she has around a decade of experience in both teaching and performing.
The growing House of Jack team includes Director Ashley Jack, Producer Becky Enoch, regular teachers Ursula Manandhar, Kris Mann, Yasmin Doak, and Kijean Dill, as well as many talented dancers who teach workshops and rotational classes.
After two years of growth, House of Jack is extremely happy to have created its own studio within Ocean Terminal, who have been extremely supportive, with ideas for performances, jams and events throughout the centre.
What's on offer!
Children can join House of Jack with no previous experience and may progress to being performing members of youth companies, while those attending adults classes range from teenagers to those over 60 years old, of all levels of ability. House of Jack increases the creative development available to early-stage dancers in Edinburgh, through active youth companies, teaching and performance opportunities, workshops with renowned visiting dancers, and events to build the street dance community, such as the annual Rock What You Got battle.
As well as dance classes, the studio is also available for dancers to hire as a fully kitted-out rehearsal space, and can also be hired for kids parties, hen parties and other events, offering a large studio space, foyer, changing rooms, sound system and disco lights!
House of Jack Dancers
House of Jack's talented youth are highly regarded and are regularly invited to perform hip hop theatre at prominent events around Scotland such as Breakin' Convention (Edinburgh tour date), Breakin' Rules, the Scottish Parliament's 20th anniversary celebrations, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2019, Ashley Jack choreographed a curtain-raiser piece for Rosie Kay Dance Company, performed by House of Jack youth of all abilities at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. Also in 2019, House of Jack provided the 'Sugar Army' dancers for Oona Doherty's 'Hard to be Soft: A Belfast Prayer', performed at The Lyceum to hugely positive reviews and named as The Guardian's top dance show of 2019 in the UK. All House of Jack's young dancers have the chance to take part in House of Jack's annual Christmas show, last year held at the Church Hill Theatre – a sold-out showcase of the students' talent!
House of Jack's adult dancers perform at shows and events, including at The List's Hot 100 Party in 2019, the SugarHill Rooftop parties, Breakin' Rules theatre show and more!