In step for birth­day bash!

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ADANCE school which has been teach­ing gen­er­a­tions of Max­o­ni­ans to move has cel­e­brated its 40th birth­day.

Mykita Dance School, based on Snape Road in Hurds­field and run by Michael King, was es­tab­lished in 1977 by Michael and his pro­fes­sional dance part­ner Anita Cot­trill.

Michael said gen­er­a­tions of dancers have at­tended classes at the pop­u­lar school, which started off in a stu­dio on Mill Street, above the Bur­ton’s Build­ing, be­fore mov­ing to a pur­pose built stu­dio on Snape Road in 1991.

He said: “I set it up just be­fore my 21st birth­day.

“I didn’t think it was any big thing and I didn’t think about how long it would be open for, I just thought Mac­cles­field needed a dance school and it was some- thing I could do. Since my 60th birth­day I have re­flected a bit, there are things I’d change if I could go back and there are things I will change for the fu­ture. It’s con­stantly chang­ing with new dance styles and there’s so much go­ing on.” Michael, who is a for­mer North of Eng­land cham­pion, na­tional fi­nal­ist and in­ter­na­tional semi-fi­nal­ist, says he is thrilled with its on­go­ing suc­cess, with lots of plans for the fu­ture. Among the school’s most fa­mous stu­dents was an­tiques ex­pert David Dick­en­son, who prac­tised in the stu­dios dur­ing his stint on Strictly Come Danc­ing, with other mem­bers from the pro­duc­tion also pay­ing vis­its to the busy dance school. The pur­pose built stu­dio – which was one of the first in the coun­try – is also used for wed­dings and func­tions.

But Michael says their main ob­jec­tive is to pro­vide a so­cial ac­tiv­ity for peo­ple who want to dance for en­joy­ment and make friends, with classes in ball­room, Latin, pop­u­lar se­quence and club dances tak­ing place through­out the week.

A danc­ing show­case was or­gan­ised to cel­e­brate the school’s an­niver­sary, with per­for­mances from the reign­ing Euro­pean and Bri­tish Ball­room cham­pi­ons Kyle Tay­lor and Iz­abella Skier­ska, as well as per­for­mances from the younger mem­bers of the club. The head of the In­ter­na­tional Dance Coun­cil Jane Tumelty also at­tended. Michael, who lives in Mac­cles­field, said they chose to com­bine the cel­e­bra­tions with a fundraiser be­cause the school has a long his­tory of fundrais­ing, rais­ing £2,600 for The Christie thanks to the lat­est cel­e­bra­tions.

He said: “Over the last 40 years we’ve raised more than £100,000 for var­i­ous char­i­ties. It’s some­thing we are very keen on.”

Steve Good­win, whose par­ents, wife and chil­dren dance at the school, said: “My wife danced at Mykita when she was at pri­mary school and my mum and dad danced for years.

“Mykita has been a con­stant in our lives and we have many happy mem­o­ries as a con­se­quence.”

Sheila King added: “Mykita has cer­tainly crossed the gen­er­a­tions and brought much plea­sure to so many over the last 40 years.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to mykita.co.uk.

A high­light of the night was a show­case of ‘Dance Styles Through the Ages’ in­volv­ing the junior mem­bers; Anita Cot­trill, who is no longer in­volved with the school, joins Michael for an an­niver­sary re­union, in­set be­low

Mykita Danc­ing School cel­e­brates its 40th birth­day, above; The school’s open­ing night in 1977, above right, with Anita Cot­trill, Michael’s niece Danielle Lewis, Robin and Rita Short, world cham­pi­ons at the time, and Michael King

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