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Haverhill dance school sets its sights on opening the town's first studio




The owner of a well-established dance school in Haverhill is hoping to fulfil a ‘lifelong ambition’ after submitting a planning proposal to create a dedicated dance studio – a first for the town.

Since founding the Lisa Mason School of Dance in 2004, Lisa has been hiring a variety of venues to hold her classes, which cover a wide range of dance styles.

Now though, she has submitted a planning application to West Suffolk Council to convert offices in Hollands Road that have stood empty for two years into a studio.

Lisa Mason School of Dance at the 2019 Haverhill Show. Submitted picture
Lisa Mason School of Dance at the 2019 Haverhill Show. Submitted picture

Lisa said: “The whole dance school is very excited about the possibility of having its own dedicated dance studios.

“Haverhill, unlike many other towns, does not have dance facilities which cater for the wide range of dance styles I teach.

“Having access to ballet barres, mirrors and a floor that we can tap on will really enhance the learning experience for my dancers.

Lisa Mason School of Dance at its 2019 annual show (with Lisa on the mic) at Haverhill Arts Centre
Lisa Mason School of Dance at its 2019 annual show (with Lisa on the mic) at Haverhill Arts Centre

“Having my own studios would be a dream come true and would fulfil a lifelong ambition.”

As a ‘passionate advocate’ for dance and the benefits it brings, Lisa added: “Currently I have classes for all ages and abilities and if the planning application is approved it will mean I can reach out to more people and groups.

“At the beginning of the year I held a workshop with a performer from the hit musical Hamilton.

West End performer Christopher Tendai, star of Hamilton, leading a workshop at Lisa Mason School of Dance last February. Contributed picture
West End performer Christopher Tendai, star of Hamilton, leading a workshop at Lisa Mason School of Dance last February. Contributed picture

“With my own studios I will be looking forward to providing more of these experiences for my dancers.”

In addition to teaching ballet, modern, tap, acro and street dance, Lisa also teaches line dancing, a movement class for St Nicholas Hospice Care for adults with life limiting conditions.

She has also recently held dance classes for the the charity The Befriending Scheme, as well as dance sessions for The Cambridge Joint Playschemes at the Granta special school, in Linton.

Lisa Mason, far right, with the team at her school of dance. Submitted picture
Lisa Mason, far right, with the team at her school of dance. Submitted picture

The school also provides the dancers every year for the professional pantomime held at the Haverhill Arts Centre.

Lisa added: “Some of our dancers this year should have performed at Shaftesbury Avenue and our whole school annual show but due to Covid these had to be postponed and rescheduled to sometime next year.”

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