House of Jack is a dance studio focussing on street dance styles, providing classes and workshops for adults of all levels and kids from Primary 1 up, as well as youth company training, performances, shows and events.
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 to dance.
After two years of growth, House of Jack was extremely happy to create its own studio within Ocean Terminal, who have been very supportive with forthcoming plans for jams, showcases and events within the centre (post-COVID). The studio launched in February 2020 and, after operating online during much of 2020-2021, is now open every day - come join us for a dance!
House of Jack is a non-profit Social Enterprise incorporated as a Community Interest Company, with a main aim of making dance, and its many physical, social and mental health benefits, as accessible as possible to all!
House of Jack is run by Artistic Director, Ashley Jack, and Studio Producer, Becky Enoch, who co-founded the studio. An award-winning hip hop dancer and choreographer, Ashley teaches the majority of classes at House of Jack, as well as teaching and mentoring the youth dance companies. She achieved an HND in Professional Stage Dance, as well as training with hip hop and house dance pioneers in New York, Paris and Holland, and now has around a decade of experience in both teaching and performing.
The growing House of Jack team includes Ursula Manandhar (kids classes, TNT Hip Hop, Afro vibes, Reception), Kris Mann (TNT Hip Hop), Yasmin Doak (Commercial, Heels), Rita Hu (Waacking, Locking), Gabriele Bruzzese (Breaking), Darren Hamilton (Popping) and Kijean Dill (Dance the Decades), as well as many talented dancers who teach workshops and rotational classes, and perform as House of Jack company dancers.
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 in their 40s, 50s and beyond, 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'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!