A legendary dance teacher has spoken of her pride after teaching three women from the same family to pass an advanced ballet exam.
Dorothy Bruce, who has taught at The Dance Class, based on Cannon Street, Accrington for 40 years, steered first Angela Harwood, then her daughters Francesca and Nancy through the Advanced 2 Ballet Certificate.
The certificate is the furthest a dancer can progress and represents the end of ballet training, often leading to teaching qualifications.
Nancy, 16, became the third member of the family to pass the exam this summer with an 83 per cent good merit.
She was following in the footsteps of her mum, who achieved a highly commended mark in 1996, and older sister Francesca, who replicated her mum in 2010.
Dorothy is, naturally, very proud of her pupils’ achievements and believes it is extra special for three dancers from the same family to reach that level. She said: “I feel for three people from the same family to pass their Advanced 2 exam is very rare and my association will be extremely proud of this trio to uphold the good work and dedication needed.
“It is so hard to keep going and get to the end of ballet training, with the Advanced 2 being the last.
“This is to encourage further advancement into teaching the subject and I am delighted to say Nancy is starting her training as a student teacher at Pre-Associate 1 as we speak.
“So congratulations to these three on this excellent achievement.”
When Angela was at The Dance Class in the 1990s she was a constant mentor to the younger pupils and helped many of them prepare for exams.
Although Angela, originally from Accrington, now lives in Preston after leaving the town when she got married, she still brings Nancy back to The Dance Class every week.
Dorothy set up the dance school in 1975 under the name The Dorothy Bruce School of Dance.
The name was changed to The Dance Class when her own two daughters Clair and Sarah qualified as teachers.
Dorothy would like to encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about the group.
She said: “We quietly get on and work hard at Accrington Dance Class but there is a lot of talent on show.”