Wiltshire dance teachers Samantha Reed and Amy Van Maris have joined forces to take a successful academy to new heights.
The pair have become business partners as the school looks to expand its classes and studio space at its premises in Foundry Lane, Chippenham.
Samantha has been running the Dancing Academy since 2008 and it has grown from the first three students to teaching more than 300 dancers of all ages every week. In order to continue to grow further Samantha and one of her dancing instructor, Amy Van Maris have decided to form a business partnership.
Amy, 26, started dancing at the age of three and was, in her early years, trained by Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman at his school of dance.
“He was lovely, like a grandfather figure. He had a good sense of humour and was a great role model as a teacher,” she said.
Amy’s career took off at the age of 11 with a tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She went on to complete a musical theatre degree at Reynolds Performing Arts College in Kent and other career highlights have included Suessical, The Diary of Anne Frank and Hair.
She also worked abroad in Greece choreographing shows for the tourists where she met fellow dancer Lars whom she later married and they now have a one-year-old son. Whilst Amy has continued her dance and teaching career, Lars now trains greyhounds for Swindon racetrack.
Amy has been working in Wiltshire for the Dancing Academy for three years teaching pupils a range of disciplines from Latin and jazz, ballroom and ballet.
Amy said: “I’m so thankful to Samantha for believing in me and giving me such an amazing opportunity. She has built up a very successful dance school with great talent and I’m so happy to be part of it.”
The studios in Chippenham are now opening earlier and there are plans to add more Latin and ballroom classes alongside newly launched fitness sessions. The Dancing Academy teaches tots to pensioners in a range of disciplines from singing and drama to tap. Recently two of its pupils were taken on by the Royal Ballet School on its Associate Programme. For further information visit: www.dancingacademy.co.uk
Pictured above: Amy Van Maris and Samantha Reed, right, who are now business partners at the Dancing Academy in Chippenham.