Dance school to train future West End stars

Pupils and teachers at Nene Valley Dance Academy
Pupils and teachers at Nene Valley Dance Academy

A dance school is all set to offer professional training for the county’s West End stars of the future.

Nene Valley Dance Academy, which offers classes in singing, dance and drama, is set to offer an intensive part-time course from September through the Trinity Guildhall foundation diploma.

The course will cater for 10 students a year and is the brainchild of the academy’s principal Karen Robertson, 31, of Magpie Close, Corby, who has been teaching dance since 2003.

She has been dancing since she was three and enjoyed a successful professional career until it was curtailed by a serious ankle injury while working in Lanzarote.

Her dance school offers classes in Corby, Great Oakley, Islip, Thrapston and Rothwell and she is currently in the process of setting up a permanent base in Stuart House, Corby.

Mrs Robertson said: “Ever since I was little I have always wanted to open my own professional arts school. I want to be able to offer training to a professional standard.

“It is one year’s intensive training for three days a week. During that time they will receive tutoring in dance, drama and singing and they will also have the opportunity to train as a dance teacher.”

The start of the course comes during a busy few months for the dance school.

On Sunday, July 8, it will be holding a danceathon at the Corby Masonic Complex in Rockingham Road, which will be open to the public and current pupils.

It takes place from 1.30pm to 5pm and various different dance styles will be on offer from ballet through to street dance and gym dance.

People can participate in the half hour classes for £2.

Then on Saturday, July 28, the school is holding a variety show which will involve local acts and its own dance troupes.

It also takes place at the Masonic Complex and there will be comics, dancers, actors, singers and local bands playing.

The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £4 advance or £5 on the door.

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