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A brand new dance studio for all ages opens in downtown Eastwood

The Shianne Ambers School of Dance opened in Eastwood on Sunday August 14.

The Shianne Ambers School of Dance, which teaches ballet, tap, acrobatics, musical theatre, street dancing and more, used to run classes from Hill Top Church but recently moved into brand new premises in opposite the Post Office on Nottingham Road.

The school welcomes dancers of all ages and levels, from 2 to 60, as well as classes for children with special educational needs (SEN).

It is run by local girl Shianne Ambers, just 20, supported by 16-year-old assistant Aisha Topham and administrator Rebecca Elderkin, 27.

The ballet toddlers on their first day in the brand new studio.

The building, empty for three years, was previously a craft shop.

“We turned it into a dance studio in just ten days,” said Rebecca.

“We worked all day and all night – there was so much to do. We didn’t have builders or contractors, we did it all ourselves.

A grand opening took place over the weekend (Sunday August 14) to welcome the public, dancers and parents to the new studio.

Staff members (left to right) Shianne Ambers, Aisha Topham and Rebecca Elderkin.

More than 100 people came to discover the new space, meet the team and find out more about the courses offered.

Rebecca said: “It was a great day. Shianne is truly overwhelmed by all the people who have joined her since she started just over a year ago – there are now around 65 students.

“She is so excited to have come so far in such a short time and now have her own studio. She is simply amazing with children.

Rebecca is particularly keen to publicize the rare courses offered to SEN children, which take place on Thursday evenings.

Staff and young dancers with the City Mayor inside the new studio on Nottingham Road.

“A lot of people could benefit if they knew they were here,” she said.

“It’s a music and movement class for children aged three to nine, and it’s much quieter than regular classes and parents can stay with them. This will help children focus on their stretches and their confidence.

“Then, when they’ve been there for a while, we’ll slowly get them dancing so they can put on a show.

“There will also be a new introductory ballet class for adults. We’ve had a lot of interest in this recently and it’s not something that many places offer.

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Shianne Ambers School of Dance is looking for enthusiastic new young people to join its growing family, with an extensive schedule of lessons and private lessons available every day of the week.

The studio is also available to hire for £10 an hour for anyone looking for a place to hold fitness classes, rehearsals or meetings.