Frank McConnell was born and brought up in Glasgow of a family with strong Uist ties and no interest in the arts. He trained as a PE teacher but found an escape route into dance from which he has never returned. After training with Royston Maldoom at the Arts in Fife, he cultivated a deep interest in creativity and the arts but has maintained and passion for education in its broadest sense. He moved to the Highlands in 1994 to work as dancer-in-residence for Ross and Cromarty District Council and to develop his growing love for Scottish step dancing. In May 2000, he was one of the first people in Britain to be awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).