The talented dancers from NC school of dance in Coatbridge have been busy preparing for the upcoming competition season in their brand new studio, the Yard.
The state-of-the-art studio situated in the town’s Cameron Street opened in September last year and features a larger dance space to accommodate even more budding young street dancers from across Lanarkshire.
The studio is run by owner, dancer and choreographer Nadine Creaney and her business partner, Colin Moore.
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Colin told Lanarkshire Live: “As we prepare for our first competition, we look back at the amazing 18 months and what has been achieved in the last year and a half.
“First of all there were the Zoom classes we had during the first lockdown. It was a lot of fun and gave us a real opportunity to learn from some of the best choreographers in the world.
“This was a real boost for the students who were able to dance with their idols, albeit over a computer screen. With social distancing, we decided to keep the kids together and needed to move to a bigger studio, so we invested in a unit and branded it, the Yard.
“Once it opened in September 2020 it was amazing to see the students back dancing and we were so blessed to have the studio. Some of the choreographers who we were working with over Zoom have formed a real bond with our students and constantly support us via social media.”
To accommodate their new budding hip hop stars, the dance school also expanded its timetable and welcomed more students, as well as having set up open classes where youngsters from other local dance schools could share in some of the amazing training on offer.
Colin continued: “Now that there is a sense of semi-normality, we are back training and our school is getting stronger and stronger and we are welcoming more and more students.
“We have had industry professionals work with us in the studio pushing them to new levels and the Yard is being recognised via social media as a great place to dance.”
As the young dancers get ready for their competition season, starting with Soar UK on October 24, followed by the Raise Your Game contest on November 21, they are delighted to have the support of a number of local businesses.
Nadine explained: “We would like to thank Garry Cinnamon, On the Move, 3 Recycling, and SM Decorating, who have sponsored each of our crews, under-10s beginners patieNCe, under-12s advanced Kraze, and under-16s advanced rezilieNCe.”
The show students are also busy in rehearsals and learning pieces for their annual performance at Motherwell Civic Theatre on April 16 next year.
Colin added: “We are so excited for our future and have already secured some incredible choreographers for 2022.
“We are determined to show the rest of the UK that Scotland is the place to be for dance.”
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