School of Dance celebrates anniversary

The Claire Dobinson School of Dance is celebrating its 45th anniversary in style this year with a move to fantastic new dance school at Rowsley and a showcase performance at Buxton Opera House.

Claire and her students moved into the new studio at the Peak Shopping Village in February and then got stuck into rehearsals for Raise The Barre a celebration of dance from classical ballet and tap to acrobatic and street.

Claire has been dancing since the age of two, and always wanted a career in dance. She attended the Elizabeth Chamberlain School of dance in Matlock.

Over the years, Claire completed all her performance exams and teaching qualifications and ultimately took over from her tutor when Elizabeth retired in 2000. Now she has taken the big step to move up from dance school principal to studio owner.

“My husband Matt, Mum Gloria (who manages the dance school) and I are really excited about the move to Peak Shopping Village,” said Claire.

“The larger space provides us with a lot more scope and flexibility, so we can offer more daytime classes for children and adults and private coaching too. We also have plans for Pilates classes at the same time, so parents can make good use of the time when children are dancing.

Peak Shopping Village really is the perfect location for us, as its facilities include free parking, and good safe environment for families.”

The main studio and other facilities have been designed to be a great functional space for the busy dance school with an area for changing, a dancewear shop and waiting area.

The upstairs space allows Claire to work with other dance, music and drama professionals to create a great local hub for performing arts enthusiasts.

Claire Dobinson and her students perform every two years at Buxton Opera House and Raise the Barre can be seen on Monday, April 10, at 7pm.