Celebrating 20 years of inspirational dance

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WHEN Amanda Thompson put on her dancing shoes at the tender of two she had big dreams of taking to the stage.

Now she is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her successful dance school.

Bryan School of Dancing launched in 1992 as a friendly and professional school of excellence based in Wolston. Classes are for students aged two through to senior level. Ballet, tap, modern, disco, theatre craft and street are all offered.

Amanda lives in Wolston with husband Robert and children Jack, 11, and Abigail, eight.

She said: “I’ve been dancing all my life and started my journey at the age of two and a half.

“By the time I was nine I had been recognised as an exceptionally promising performer and I successfully auditioned to study at Pattison’s Theatre Arts College in Coventry.”

Amanda performed in many professional and amatuer shows, giving her endless experience and insight into many aspects of the industry.

She was nominated for a scholarship in modern dance and has modelled for a number of agencies.

Amanda passed exams at the top level in ballet, tap, modern, theatre craft, national folk, Greek, singing, ballroom and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art speech and drama within the International Dance Teachers’ Association, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and Royal Academy of Dance.

By 19 she had got all her qualifications within the International Dance Teachers’ Association.

“I started teaching at various dance schools around the country and founded my own school. The Enterprise Allowance Scheme was a big help to me. When I left college I was on £50 a week, then £40 until I had enough students to go it alone.”

Now Amanda and her students are looking forward to the school’s show in Rugby to celebrate 20 years in the business.

“All our pupils perform in our an annual show at the Benn Hall as well as participating in many school fetes and local events,” she said.

Students are encouraged to take exams to promote a sense of acheivement.

The 20th show takes place at the Benn Hall today, Friday and Saturday, from 7pm. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for children.

Limited tickets on the door. Phone 024 7654 5872.