Dance school celebrates 20 years

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A DANCE school in Bury St Edmunds has celebrated its 20th anniversary by staging a show at the Theatre Royal.

Hazel Jackman opened The Hazlewood School of Dance in 1991, teaching tap, ballet and modern dance in schools and village halls in Bury, Cambridge and Ipswich.

Then, in 1994 Miss Jackman renovated part of the Old County Girl’s School in Northgate Street, Bury, to create a home for the school, naming it Hazlewood Dance Studios.

Twenty years on and the school continues to thrive, teaching more than 300 children each week in addition to the dance and fitness classes it holds for adults.

“Although building up the school meant working seven days a week for many years, I can honestly say I don’t have a single regret – I am blessed with wonderfully loyal and supportive pupils, families and teachers,” said Hazel.

To celebrate its success, on Sunday its students staged a vibrant performance in aid of the Hazlewood Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance to talented students wishing to pursue a career in dance.

“It was a nice way to mark the occasion,” said Hazel.