Dance school in need of new base

Rainbow Dance School who are appealing for help in finding new premisis to train in as due to their success, the Buffalo Centre is no longer large enough. Lauren Maddison (r) and Courtney Statham. GM020218
Rainbow Dance School who are appealing for help in finding new premisis to train in as due to their success, the Buffalo Centre is no longer large enough. Lauren Maddison (r) and Courtney Statham. GM020218
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A dance school featuring two world champions is searching for new premises in Blyth to help the youngsters develop.

Kerry Johnson set up Rainbow Dance School in 2005 but two years ago found the rent in their premises too expensive, moving to the Buffalo Centre.

But now, due to the success of the group, Kerry is desperate looking for larger premises in the town as they have outgrown the current facility and cannot use it as much as she would like.

Among the 30 children at the dance school are 12-year-old Lauren Maddison, who was recently named Under 14 slow dance world champion, and Jacey Laidler, the Under 8 starter world champion.

Kerry said: “The Buffalo Centre has been fantastic but it’s just about the size.

“We’ve got 15 kids who do competitions, travelling all over the country representing Blyth, and 15 kids who don’t do competitions but I’d love to see them compete.

“We need to find the right premises for that to happen. Ideally a large sports hall which we could use up to six times a week.

“I can’t make my business bigger as I can’t afford to take any more children on as there is no room.

“I don’t want to pack the school in, these kids mean the world to me.

“This is the most successful that myself and the school have been. But it’s also had the knock on effect that more children want to join, so we need larger premises.

“The kids are such a good group. They don’t get into trouble and don’t hang around in the streets. It’s a hobby that is keeping them healthy and fit.”

The school caters for children aged from three to 16, with Kerry charging a monthly fee and offering private one-to-one tuition, and would be able to extend that if she could find a new base.

Anyone who can offer Kerry a space to train in can contact her on 07788 251231.