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Ballet school moves out of church hall after 30 years

Youngsters benefit from exercise and co-ordination

12 July, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

MORE than 30 years of ballet classes at a church hall are set to come to an end this summer.

Faye Harmsworth’s ballet school for children aged three to 18 has been teaching youngsters at the St Mary’s Brookfield church hall in York Rise, Dartmouth Park, since the 1980s. It is moving to a new venue in September.

The hall needs new ways to raise funds to stay open and a nursery based there will be offering extended hours – meaning the dancers, who practise after school, are heading to new dance floors. St Mary Brookfield had offered the school a new space in the church, but the teachers felt it would not be suitable for their lessons.

Ms Harmsworth told the New Journal the new venue – the Harry Rice Hall in nearby Hargrave Park – would provide a similar space, but the switch was tinged with sadness.

She said: “We have been here for so many years and taught so many young people. The hall has been a nice space – bright and large.”

Ms Harmsworth, who trained at the London College of Dance and worked at the West Street School of Ballet, said classes for youngsters had a variety of benefits, adding: “It is really good exercise, great for coordination and musicality.”

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