YOUNG Wearside woman Jessica Hall will be passing on her passion for dance to others.
The 21-year-old, who began dancing at the tender age of three, is branching out and opening her own dance school.
Jessica, who hails from High Barnes, will open the Elite Dance Studio in Millfield next month and is hoping to cater for students of all ages.
She has bought the studio, which is a former chapel hall in Willmore Street, from Muriel Harrison, who was Jessica’s first dance teacher.
The former St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy pupil trained at the Muriel Harrison School of Dance from the ages of three to nine years old, before joining Caren Lumsdale’s dance school, then Suzanne Stuart’s, both in South Shields.
An accomplished dancer, Jessica performed on the Sunderland Empire stage many times and held numerous titles including British modern champion and British ballet champion. She also won a Pride of Wearside Award.
At 16, she won a three-year scholarship to the London Studio Centre and graduated with a degree.
Jessica said: “When I came back to Sunderland last year, I did a bit of teaching and really enjoyed it. So, as soon as I saw the studio was up for sale, I had to go for it.
“From about the age of 12, I really wanted to own my own dance studio. I am really, really excited about it.”
Jessica, who is accredited as a Northern Counties Dance Teacher, will be holding lots of classes, including tap, ballet, modern and commercial.
She also plans to teach other classes such as stretch sessions and even ones for mothers and babies.
The studio, where classes will start on Monday, September, 15, is currently being given a makeover with help from IJP Decorating Ltd and Telfer Carpets and Flooring, and will soon be available to hire for private functions.
Jessica will be holding an open evening on Friday, September 12, from 4pm to 8pm, for anyone who would like to know more about what Elite Studios has to offer, or would-be students can email firstname.lastname@example.org.