Dancing celebration after 40 years’ success

STARS: Pupils from the Pam Gibson School of Theatre Dance preparing for their roles in the Wizard of Oz.
STARS: Pupils from the Pam Gibson School of Theatre Dance preparing for their roles in the Wizard of Oz.
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A DANCE school is celebrating 40 years in show business with a musical extravaganza.

The PM Gibson School of Theatre Dance held its first class on Saturday February 19, 1972 – and to mark 40 years of dancing success, the school is putting on a special show featuring around 100 pupils performing ballet, tap, modern and jazz numbers, the baby class’s number called Beside the Seaside, and a production of the Wizard of Oz.

Pamela Gibson, who set up the school, said: “Forty years ago I started my dancing school in the Baden-Powell Hall in Scholes.

“I put a small advert in the Spenborough Guardian which read, ‘Dance classes for beginners specialising in ballet and tap’. The fee was 15p and the lesson lasted one and a half hours.

“To my surprise and delight about 15 children turned up. As the weeks went by the class grew and by the time we did our first show in the then Scholes Infant School I had about 30 pupils.

“The school continued to thrive and by 1974 we did our first production in Cleckheaton town hall – what a thrill that was for all concerned.

“We are still doing shows in the lovely town hall; how lucky we are to have such a venue in our own town.

“My daughter Phillipa, who was just six months old when I started, now runs the school for me. She is teaching children of the children I taught; it is lovely to think that they want to bring their children back to us.”

The show takes place at Cleckheaton town hall on Saturday June 30 with a matinee on Sunday July 1.

Tickets are available from Lynn Taylor – ring 01484 719689.