Dancers’ new home dancers

Girls from the MK School of Dance celebrate their new presmises after the Swan Street Centre in Southwick closed down.

Girls from the MK School of Dance celebrate their new presmises after the Swan Street Centre in Southwick closed down.

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DANCERS who lost their place to practise have found a new home.

The Swan Street Centre, in Southwick, closed earlier this month after running out of cash, leaving a host of organisations homeless.

Children from The MK School of Dance feared they might be forced to miss upcoming competitions, or see the club fold altogether.

But after a plea in the Echo the youngsters have found a new base for the school, run by friends Kylie Henderson, 28, and Amanda Woodhouse, 31, both from Southwick.

They have re-started classes above the Homeless Heroes offices in Waterloo Place, Sunderland.

Kylie said: “Ritchie Fox from Homeless Heroes emailed me after the story went in the Echo and said he had space available.

“There’s one big room with mirrors all the way round, as it used to be a hairdressing salon.

“We started classes in modern and tap last week and started practising again for a competition next weekend at St Chad’s.

“When Ritchie emailed me, I was over the moon, especially with it being somewhere so nice and central.”

Among those also hit by the centre’s closure are a football club for toddlers, run by not-for-profit organisation North East Sport, and group of artists who met there.

NE Sport is also now searching for a new base, after taking the decision to leave Southwick.

The decision by Wearmouth Community Development Trust to close the Swan Street Centre also left three workers out of a job.

The group accepted it would “have a massive impact on the young people in the area,” but that they were left with no choice.

Director June Robinson, from Fulwell, said: “We have tried every viable option and alternative, and unfortunately the board of directors has had to decided we can’t continue.

“We have insufficient income to cover the costs of the centre, so we have to close our doors.”

Anyone interested in sending their children to the school should email Kylie at kylie1231@hotmail.co.uk.

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