A golden year for teacher Jemma

Shannon Winship

Shannon Winship

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A fledgling dance school is going from strength to strength after moving to a new venue and holding its first awards event.

Jemma Mudd, 25, only formed JLM Dance last year and now has 20 people on her books.

She has also moved premises from St Theresa’s Church Hall to within the Victoria Park home of Hartlepool United, and said: “The facilities are great and it is a lovely room.”

JLM Dance also held its first school awards event and Jemma hopes to enter her students into competitions soon.

Jemma, who is mum to Evan Mudd, aged eight, and 10-month-old Ellsie Mudd, and has a partner Andrew Flounders, 26, said: “I am amazed at the numbers of people we have got in the school in our first year.”

She said she was planning to hold an awards presentation for her students soon, adding: “They have done so well.”

The school holds classes including salsa on Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm, adult social dance from 4.30pm to 5.30pm on Saturdays, as well as the following sessions on a Sunday.

l Baby bop for children aged from three months to a year, between 2pm and 2.45pm.

l Bigger boppers for one to three-year-olds from 3pm to 3.30pm.

l Infant classes for three to seven-year-olds from 3.30pm to 4.15pm.

l Junior classes for eight to 13-year-olds, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Jemma would welcome more students to her new venue. She added: “This is an ideal time for any newcomers because we are just about to start new routines.”