A dance teacher is celebrating the runaway success of her new school.
Alice Blokland, 23, of Baxenden has established the Wonderland School of Dance at the Baxenden Conservative Club and has attracted more than 40 students in five weeks.
Alice, who splits her time between working at Manning’s Bakery in Accrington and the school, said it was her dream to work full time as a dance teacher.
She said: “I have been a dancer since I was seven years old. I used to compete in ballroom, Latin and freestyle.
“I always wanted to be a professional, however the employer I had at the time persuaded me to go down the teaching role and I have been a teacher now for seven years.
“I eventually outgrew that school as I wanted to do my own things, I wanted to show people what I could do.”
Alice added: “I have got four classes sold so far and it is now at the point where I have had to hire in someone else to run Saturday mornings.”
The school caters for girls aged from 18 months to 18 years old and Alice said it was ‘amazing’ how responsive some of the younger children were to the classes.
She said: “I have a two-year-old at the moment. Before she came she would not speak to anyone and after because of the classes it really brought her out of her shell.
“I definitely find that dancing brings people out of their shell.”
Alice paid tribute to MTH Property in Accrington who sponsor the dance school.
She said: “Without them we would not have been able to get anything done. We are grateful for all their help.”
For more information about the school search Wonderland School of Dance on Facebook and to book a place call Alice on 07530 008931.