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Dorrinda West

Dance School Owner

What I do:

I’m the artistic directer & principal of a dance dance school based in Wrenthorpe & Lofthouse Wakefield. Aswell as running and offering over 50 lessons per week to over 150 youths I take my brand into local primary schools offering after school dance clubs & also summer & school holiday sessions

What steps I took to get where I am now:

A lot of my success and clients have stemmed from word of mouth. Starting with just 9 children to where we are now. The key aim of my school is that the dancers have fun, I was brought up dancing in a very strict environment, we are strict on uniform but if you have two left feet you won’t be shouted at you’ll just be given more of our time to get you better.

What creative opportunities I'm looking for:

Teaching throughout the daytime , collaborating with other freelances on projects in which my dancers could either be part of or not too.

An unexpected thing about me:

If I hadn’t gone into dance it would have been palaeontology!

My proudest moment:

Stood on stage with 155 children in January 2022 after performing our long awaited showcase after a 2 year battle with covid not knowing whether my business would survive

My dream creative collaboration:

To put together a full scale musical with freelance directors writers and other creatives at a well known theatre

What does Wakefield mean to me?
It’s home, I grew up here and don’t intend on leaving.
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