Dance school to have new studio

Students take a break during an Easter workshop at Spalding School of Dance whose owner Claire Patmen has been given the go-ahead for a new studio in Low Fulney.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Students take a break during an Easter workshop at Spalding School of Dance whose owner Claire Patmen has been given the go-ahead for a new studio in Low Fulney. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A popular Spalding dance school with more than 300 members can now build a new studio to cope with overwhelming demand.

Spalding School of Dance has won the right to build a new home in Low Fulney containing three dance studios, changing rooms, reception, workshop and costume areas after South Holland District Council backed the scheme at a meeting on Wednesday.

Planning committee members voted 14-1 in favour of the scheme which will see the dance school move from its current base in Horseshoe Road, Spalding, to a new site in Rangell Gate just outside the town.

Dance school owner Claire Patman said: “Obviously, we’re over the moon as it’s been a long and stressful ten months going through the planning process.

“But all the hard work has paid off and we can now go from strength to strength.”

Claire (36) bought the dance school in October 1999 when there were just 21 students aged between three and 11.

After renting a number of community halls, Claire moved to a small studio in Spalding in 2001 which was expanded three years later.

But with 324 students learning ballet, tap, modern, hip hop and even pole dancing, the school has now outgrown its current base.

Claire said: “We started the planning process in February and submitted a planning application in May, but it was decided that the plans needed to go to committee.

“At the first meeting in October, the committee decided that our plans needed a few tweaks and changes so it was refused.

“But the council was supportive and after having talks with them about what was needed, it was voted through.”