Wed­ding cash spent on new dance stu­dios

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

A DANCE in­struc­tor who spent her own wed­ding fund on a busi­ness ven­ture is still hop­ing to get to the church on time.

Danielle New­ton has trans­formed a derelict cof­fee shop on Lof­tus High Street into her dream dance stu­dio - spend­ing her £7,000 wed­ding fund in the process.

The 26-year-old has been a dance teacher for four years, run­ning classes from Lof­tus Town Hall.

Her new stu­dio, Triple Dee Dance Stu­dio, has been ren­o­vated in just six weeks.

She said: “We’ve ditched the place and ab­so­lutely trans­formed it.

“It hap­pened quite fast - I viewed it on the Mon­day and by the Thurs­day it was mine. I talked it over with my fi­ancé and, un­for­tu­nately, I’ve emp­tied my wed­ding sav­ings.”

Danielle ap­proached sev­eral bod­ies to ask for fund­ing but said she re­ceived a “big fat no” from each of them.

She says her fi­ancé Gary Stone has been “a rock through it all”.

“We had planned to get mar- ried next Novem­ber and we are still hop­ing to re­coup and get mar­ried then.

“For two years I’ve been run­ning classes in the town hall and I’ve never made a loss yet!”

Danielle, who started danc­ing when she was four years old, did a de­gree in dance at Teesside Univer­sity be­fore be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional dancer.

She had daugh­ter Pop­pie four years ago, and also has three stepchil­dren.

“I per­formed in Foot­loose in Dar­ling­ton when I was preg­nant with my daugh­ter and no­body knew,” she said.

“Then I said to my­self: ‘be­fore this baby is one I want to be a qual­i­fied dance teacher’.

“That was four years ago, and I’ve got 35 chil­dren on the books at the mo­ment. We’ve started adult classes as well.”

The ren­o­va­tion has been a “real com­mu­nity ef­fort” with lo­cal busi­nesses of­fer­ing their ser­vices.

Danielle said: “I whole­heart­edly be­lieve Lof­tus is a fan­tas­tic place.

“The com­mu­nity is re­ally pulling to­gether to help us. The ma­jor­ity of the work has been done by my part­ner who has done this along­side work­ing full time at Cleve­land Potash.

“The idea is to rent the space out. It’s for the whole com­mu­nity to use. It proves that Lof­tus has good peo­ple in it.”

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