THE Sarah England School of Dance is hoping to make all the right moves following the opening of a second studio in Stalybridge at its base on Corporation Street.
And the extra space means the Clifford House dance school has scope to expand with 35 classes to be held each week from September.It is exciting times for Sarah England, who admitted her dance school had been forced to plateau in recent years through a lack of space.
Now Sarah has a new state-of-the-art dance studio which at 85 square metres is double the space of the existing one.
It has been built by Berkeley Construction NW Ltd. as part of its new development fronting on to Armentieres Square.
Sarah liaised closely with Berkeley owner Ray Harrison to create a studio which was specifically built to cater for all the requirements of a dance school.
Sarah said: “It has been a couple of years since Ray asked me if I wanted extra space by moving into the new development he was proposing.
“These things take time and it has been a long wait, but worth it as the new studio is stunning.”
It is a far cry from humble beginnings when Sarah started her dance school in an upstairs room at St Paul’s Church on Huddersfield Road.
Sarah, whose studios will be open every night and all-day Saturday, is now able to accept new students to add to the 160 already enrolled. They vary in age from three to late 60s.
There will also be new classes including acro dancing, an unique blend of dancing and gymnastic disciplines, made popular from Britain’s Got Talent and The Greatest Dancer television programmes. They are already fully booked.
Sarah will also be holding an adult beginners’ tap dance class each Wednesday at 6.30pm. She already has classes for experienced exponents of tap.
Sarah is supported by three other teachers while David Bailey holds tai chi classes and Samantha Hulme yoga sessions.
“The new studio will allow me to extend provision for both children’s and adult classes and also for people like David and Samantha to grow their classes,” she said.
The Sarah England School of Dance is one of the only schools which does not do competitions or have an elite squad as Sarah believes opportunities ought to be open to everybody regardless of ability as it is about creating memories and keeping a friendly family environment.