A Clitheroe dance school which has existed in various forms over the past 40 years has turned the page on the next chapter in it’s history.
Ribble Valley Dance, which was formerly known as the Mary Waddington School of Dancing, moved into the Memorial Hall at the United Reformed Church on Moore Lane seven years ago. With growing numbers of pupils year on year, space soon became a problem.
Lindsay Pollard, who runs the school, explained: “I took over the school in 2010 and the business has just gone from strength to strength. We teach classes in ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre and also hold zumba, pilates and street-fit sessions. We now have more than 250 students between the ages of two and 80 and there came a point where we were just literally running out of space.”
The church was keen to see the Memorial Hall used to its full potential and gave permission for expansion work to go ahead. A huge renovation project was undertaken over the summer months to turn the first floor of the hall into a professional dance studio.
Lindsay continued: “It’s been great to see the space being developed into a professional venue in the Ribble Valley that will be used for years to come. I also recently became a fellow of the International Dance Teachers’ Association, so this has been a really exciting time for me professionally.”
The Memorial Hall was built in 1926 as an extension to the main church building. To celebrate its latest incarnation, Lindsay is keen for anyone with old photographs or stories about the building to come forward to share their memories:
“As part of my research into the development of the building I hunted high and low for photographs or news clippings relating to the building, but didn’t have much success. I wondered if any Clitheroe Advertiser and Times readers may have any photographs to share or memories of how the building has been used over the years. I would be delighted to receive any information at all.”
l Anyone with any old photographs or memories of the Memorial Hall should send them to the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, 3 King Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2EW.