Footlights Dance School is Growing

Michelle Handley a Shrewsbury mother of two and owner of Footlights Dance School is delighted to announce that her dance school is growing and more classes are going to be offered as a result.
The dance school is celebrating its first birthday this September and after just one year based at Mereside Community Centre in Shrewsbury it has experienced phenomenal growth.  The school has recruited a new Musical Theatre teacher, Leila Campbell, who studied at the famous Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts from the age of 11 and worked as a performer in London for many years. Credits include Oliver at the London Palladium and many theatre productions including Blood Brothers, Rent, Cabaret, Stepping Out and Hairspray.  Leila is looking forward to bringing her wealth of experience and passion about all things theatre to Footlights.

The dance school also welcomes a new dance teacher.  Kay Hodgson, started dancing at the age of 4 and has qualification in teaching cheer dance and street dance.  She became a professional performer with Zippo’s Circus at the age of 7 and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Sadlers Wells Theatre, Disneyland Paris and the Magic Kingdom in California.  Kay has a wealth of experience in teaching dance to young children and she cannot wait to meet all the Footlights pupils.

In preparation for the new term at the School, Michelle, who is passionate about dance, attended the International Dance Teacher’s Conference at The Royal Ballet School in Convent Garden, London.  The four day course was held in August and covered topics such as Dynamics in Classical Ballet, Tips for Pointe Work, Jazz for Boys and Rhythm and Tap.  The lectures were delivered by some of the very best from the dance world; these included former Royal Ballet stars Wayne Sleep and Dame Monica Mason, Douglas Mills from Tap Dogs and Internationally renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne.   Michelle Handley stated that “The conference was an emotionally amazing experience and I learnt so much.  I am bursting at the seams with new ideas for dances to teach the pupils as well as new ways to encourage the most out of them.  I am already booked on next year’s conference as it was an honour to be taught by the best in the industry and I want to be the best dance teacher I can be.”

Michelle’s passion and hard work as a dance teacher is certainly paying off.  Many of the dance school pupils took and passed exams in ballet, tap, freestyle and musical theatre in June.  The much sought after grade of distinction was awarded to 8 of the pupils from the school leading to many proud parents and one very proud dance teacher.

Classes are proving so popular on a Wednesday at Mereside that many of them are fully booked.  So Michelle is going to start providing classes on a Monday evening from 4.30pm onwards.  “Due to the recruitment of new teachers I am finally in a position to be able to meet demand and I am thrilled.  My dream of being a dance teacher, which I have had since I was 5, is coming true and I couldn’t be happier!”

To find out more about the classes offered you can visit the dance school’s Facebook page or call Michelle on 07946630963.

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