One year on and all is going well

Students at the Kelly Anne Stephens dance school.

Students at the Kelly Anne Stephens dance school.

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IT’S a happy anniversary to the dance school established by Hartlepool woman Kellyanne Stevens.

Kellyanne, 26, first set up Dance World by Kellyanne Stevens a year ago. Now, the establishment, which is based in the Avondale Centre, behind Dyke House Sports and Technology College, has grown to have 45 students, aged from two to 17.

And Kellyanne is encouraging even more potential students to go along.

She said: “If others want to come, I have no age limit.”

There’s plenty of options for budding students.

Three classes are held on a Tuesday. The first is from 5pm to 6pm for infants, the second covers acrobatics, from 6pm to 7pm, and the third is for senior girls, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Classes are also held on Wednesdays, from 5pm to 7pm, and from 11am to 3pm on a Saturday.

Kellyanne added:”I also do Zumba classes at Throston Primary School on a Thursday.”

Those classes run from 6.15pm to 7.15pm and are for students aged 14-plus.

Kellyanne is Hartlepool born and bred and started dancing when she was three years old.

“I have danced for 20 years and I did pantomime at the Sunderland Empire and the Middlesbrough Little Theatre.

“I competed at championships and got to the Miss Dance in Blackpool. I have done shows in the Town Hall Theatre, in Hartlepool.

“In the year I have been open, most of my students had not stepped foot in a dance studio but they are doing fine.

“I have been training them how to be a dancer.

“We are putting on a show in October called Doing It The Dance World Way.”

She said: “People can just come along for a hobby if they want to. But they can also come along if they want to compete.”

Kellyanne trains students in tap, modern, jazz, classical, acrobatics and singing.