Dance academy

‘Dream comes true’: Eastwood Dance Academy celebrates grand opening of new studio

Dancers inside the new ‘The Pit’ dance studio in Coombe Road, Newthorpe.

Notts Hotshots, who teach cheerleading, lyrical and hip-hop dance to children of all ages, ran their classes from Hall Park Academy but recently moved into brand new premises on Coombe Road, Newthorpe.

The new space was dubbed “The Pit”, to match the names of the academy’s fire-themed dance teams.

The thoughtful title also serves as a nod to the region’s mining heritage.

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Outside the new studio in Newthorpe.

The school is run by local girls Rebecca Curtis and Holly Blackbourn, who said they were delighted to see their dreams finally come true.

“So much hard work, dedication and love went into bringing this vision to life,” Holly said.

“It still doesn’t feel real, it hasn’t sunk for us yet.

“We always wanted our dance studio to be ours – it’s been our dream for so long.”

The Notts Hotshots dance coaches during the grand opening on Saturday.

Holly said transforming the space, which was previously used as a garage, took around three months.

“If you saw what it looked like before, you would be shocked,” she said.

“We managed to do it pretty quickly, really.

“The beauty of having this space means we can really put our own stamp on things now and we have the freedom to host classes whenever we want.

“It also means we can have a confectionery, a goods area and an office too.

“There is space for parents to meet and we can display our banners and trophies all the time, which will motivate the girls a lot.”

A grand opening took place over the weekend (Saturday June 18) to welcome audience members, dancers and parents to the new studio.

The day’s fundraising activities, including a raffle, raised over £1,100 to help the new school get started and buy new equipment.

Notts Hotshots School of Dance is always on the lookout for new, enthusiastic youngsters to join its growing family, offering a free introductory session to all newcomers.

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