Bethany Ainsley in the running for North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

Bethany Ainsley, left, during one of her dance and fitness classes
Bethany Ainsley, left, during one of her dance and fitness classes

A THRIVING dance and fitness school is enjoying even more success – and its boss has been shortlisted for an award.

Hartlepool-born Bethany Ainsley, 28, who runs the Peterlee-based Nouveau Dance & Fitness, is among the finalists in the 15th Annual North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

BETHANY Ainsley, the owner of Nouveau Dance & Fitness

BETHANY Ainsley, the owner of Nouveau Dance & Fitness

The competition, which is known as the Women Into the Network 2014 Awards dinner and presentation, will take place at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton Hotel, on Saturday, November 15.

Bethany, who is short-listed in the Best Social Enterprise category, told Dance Fever: “It would be good to be recognised, especially as I am up against some really big companies.

“It would kind of show that we are growing. If we did win an award, it would be the icing on the cake because we are going through a growth phase.”

Nouveau Dance & Fitness has unveiled its new premises in Lee House, in Peterlee town centre. The facilities include two studios, changing rooms, and a room for children to do activities such as arts and crafts.

Bethany added: “The classes that we deliver are really expanding across Hartlepool and County Durham.”

The studio marks another achievement for the business which has only been going for five years. Nouveau Dance & Fitness came about after Bethany realised there was a lack of innovative and affordable dance and fitness providers in the area.

NHS indicators also showed a high rate of physical and mental health problems within the region – with many of them being related to people being inactive.

However, this was said to be due to the cost of fitness regimes. Nouveau Dance & Fitness has won a number of awards since it first started up.

Bethany is a past winner of the Future 50 Award, recognising her as being among one of the UK’s 50 brightest young social entrepreneurs.