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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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New premises for Carlisle dance studio after wall collapse

A dance school left in disarray after a car park subsided and crashed through its studio wall has found new premises.

Amanda Nixon photo
Amanda Nixon in her new studio

The Carlisle-based Nixon School of Dance and Performing Arts has taken over the studio left empty when the Wendy Allen School of Dancing closed suddenly last month.

Principal Amanda Nixon said she didn’t know where to turn when she walked into the Finkle Street premises to find that pieces of road and rubble has come through the wall of one of the rented studios.

“I just couldn’t believe it. It’s something that happens to other people,” she said.

Although some classes have been able to continue in the second studio, she has been desperately searching for a temporary base for the others.

But having been offered use of the space in Atlas Works, Denton Holme, vacated by the now-closed school, she finally has a new base – and says it will be a permanent move.

Wendy Allen’s school was forced to close following a sudden deterioration in her health.

Ms Nixon said her former landlord had not been in touch about the damaged studio. So when the new premises became available they thought it was an ideal solution.

“We were sad to hear about Wendy but at the same time the lease was available and we needed somewhere urgently. It’s a big space and was standing empty. We’re just putting our own stamp on it. It’s just fantastic that we can now continue. We moved in this week and are raring to go,” she said.

Meanwhile those dancers affected by the closure of the Wendy Allen school are able to continue their classes after former teachers teamed up to launch a new school.

Laura Irwin is running the Carlisle Dance Academy from temporary premises at Inglewood school and Wigton bowling club. She is working with fellow instructors Rebecca Edwards and Lauren Wood. The classes will run on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Carlisle and Tuesday nights in Wigton.

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