A dancer who set her heart on opening up her own school has fulfilled her childhood dream.
Melanie Moore knew she wanted to do nothing else but teach others how to dance from the age of 10
Now her dream has been realised, with the recent launch of Melanie Moore’s Dance Academy.
The 20-year-old teaches freestyle to children and teenagers, and holds classes at Low Simonside Community Centre in Taunton Avenue, and the Neon Social Club in Nairn Street, both in Jarrow.
Miss Moore, who has performed in competitions all over the country said: “I started dancing at six, and just knew by the age of 10 that I wanted to have my own school. It was always my dream.
“When I left school I went to college and did all my teaching qualifications and, in September, sat down put a business plan together and started to put out flyers.
“I thought I would have about four children at my first class, but there was 30.”
She added: “It really has been a dream come true for me.”
Freestyle dancing is a style of dance that isn’t choreographed or planned. It can be done formally and informally and moves can be set around sparse choreography.
Miss Moore, from the Parkway Estate in South Shields, added: “I started in ballet and stage then moved into freestyle, and I grew to love it. I felt more of a connection with it.
“I went into sixth form to do accountancy but my heart wasn’t in it. I used to sit in classes and choreograph dance routines in my head, so I ended up leaving and following my dream.
“My parents have been really supportive. They know how passionate I am about my dancing.
“It was quite hard at first setting it all up but I’m so glad I’ve done it.”
Miss Moore, who teaches pupils ranging from three to 16, is in the process of organising her first dance show for her students as well as looking to one day launching adult freestyle dance classes.
Class sessions are held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5.30pm-7pm, Sundays, noon to 4pm at Low Simonside Community Centre and on Thursday, 5pm-6pm at the Neon Social Club.
l The school is currently raising funds to help parents with the cost of costumes and transport to competitions.
If anyone is able to donate a raffle prize to the cause or would like information on classes, contact Melanie on 075 7245 8354.