New floor will give dance school pupils a spring in their step

Startlight School of Dance is spending �30,000 on a specialist sprung dance floor.  Principal Jacc Batch with some of the young dancers who will benefit from the facility

Startlight School of Dance is spending �30,000 on a specialist sprung dance floor. Principal Jacc Batch with some of the young dancers who will benefit from the facility

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An ever-growing dance group will see its studio finished off with a £30,000 sprung flooring project which will start later this month.

The flooring at Starlight Dance’s studio in High Street, Kettering, will go down on Monday, August 13, which will make for a safer and more professional performing environment for students, as well as enabling the group to carry out ballet exams.

Principal Jacc Batch said: “When we first moved in here it was very basic, it’s been a long journey and this flooring will complete my vision for the studio.

”It’s all very exciting.

“It’s a former nightclub and felt like one when we moved in, but we’ve transformed it.

“It will improve our students’ safety as it absorbs the shock when they land, and it will be easier to dance on.

“It also means we will be able to let our students take their ballet exams here instead of elsewhere, as we’ve had dancers go as far as London.”

The project will mean the flooring goes in on both the building’s studios, which will be closed for two weeks.

The group moved into their current studio in August 2010, and initial works were completed a month later.

Starlight Dance has grown from eight students meeting up in a church hall in 2009 to having 500 pupils through the doors each week.

The group was also given a boost recently as after their seniors won Dance Challenge for the second year running, well-known dancer Ryan Jenkins agreed to become the school’s patron.

He has danced in BBC One contest So You Think You Can Dance? as well as appearing in the film adaption of Phantom of the Opera.

Mr Batch added: “Having a celebrity who has done what he has done put his name to us is really inspiring.

“He’s achieved so much, and I think he will certainly act as an inspiration to the male dancers we’ve got here.

“Just having that point of contact could really open up a lot of doors for us.”

Starlight could also expand from its Kettering headqaurters next year, with Mr Batch looking to set up a dance school in Corby.

He said: “I’m looking to set something up early next year.

“It will be as we started in Kettering – literally back to basics. We will start out really small then I’d look to build it up again.

“I’ve really enjoyed the whole process of doing that here.”

For more information visit www.starlightdance.net.