Footlights Stage School

My name is Anne George. I am a qualified teacher and I run the adult tappers here at Boulton St Marys. My love of dance started over 60 years ago and I have appeared in films, tv adverts and with all major musical societies here in Derby and beyond. Originally formed over 25 years ago at Moorways as part of their adult classes, we spent a happy time there growing and eventually moving to St Thomas’s church at Normanton before having to move again (due to a carpet being laid, not good for tapping on!) Two of our ladies who attend Boulton St Mary’s, suggested we made enquiries as to using the church hall here, which we did and have now been happily meeting every Thursday from 6.15 for an hour of fun, dance and friendship. Our first performance was here at Boulton St Marys, where we performed as part of a Christmas concert!

From this first group, Footlights Stage School was started at Sinfin Moor, where I could pass my love of dance on to a new generation. This very successful school has, like the adults gone from strength to strength performing shows, dancing at London, Disneyland Paris, dancing on television and raising thousands of pounds for charity. Many of our students have gone on to dance professionally and work in schools as dance and drama teachers as well as joining amateur companies. Hopefully, they are now spreading my love of dance on to more and more generations. I am also seeing my original students returning with their children, which thrills me so much.

So, if you want to come along and see what we are all about, classes are on a Thursday evening, 6.15 to 7.15. I know how hard it is for adults to commit to every week, so I only take payment for classes attended, not by term. We are a really friendly bunch, so if you are interested, come along one Thursday or give me a call on 01332 721108. We’d love to see you.

P.S. Those two original tappers are Mary and Thelma and they are still tapping along, have a chat with them!

Anne