DBA School of Dance has opened new premises at the former Lloyds Bank building at 140 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport. Pictured is Principal Jennifer Berrett

An established Southport dance school is celebrating opening its brand new premises inside a former bank building in Churchtown. 

DBA School of Dance welcomed its first delighted dancers on Monday (10th January) at the former Lloyds Bank building at 140 Cambridge Road, next to Churchtown Lights. 

The school is led by local dance teachers and great friends Rebekah Ryan and Jennifer Berrett. 

They said: “We held our first DBA classes on Monday night for Year One, Year Two and Year Three. 

“Our Babyballet classes start from Wednesday. 

“It was so wonderful to see all the students dancing in the space we have created.

DBA School of Dance has opened new premises at the former Lloyds Bank building at 140 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport

DBA School of Dance has opened new premises at the former Lloyds Bank building at 140 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport

“They were as excited as I was to be dancing in our new home for the first time, and their giggles and fun are just infectious!

“So many happy memories are going to be made here, it really is a dream come true.” 

Rebekah Ryan and Jennifer Berrett have been working very hard with family and friends over recent weeks to convert the former banking hall in order to realise a long term ambition of establishing their own dance studios.

Even during the recent extraordinary times, their joint business of DBA School of Dance Ltd has gone from strength to strength.

Rebekah, 30, and Jennifer, 38, both trained in professional dance and studied to be dance teachers at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre, Liverpool.

They both went on to enjoy successful dance careers performing on cruise ships such as MSC, SAGA and NYK Lines and on many stages in the UK and around the world.

DBA School of Dance has opened new premises at the former Lloyds Bank building at 140 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport

DBA School of Dance has opened new premises at the former Lloyds Bank building at 140 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport

Now settled in their home town of Southport, Rebekah and Jennifer – known to thousands of budding ballet stars as Miss Rebekah and Miss Jennifer – have been working together for nearly a decade at Babyballet, established in 2010 by Jennifer for pre-school children. The dancing duo went on to establish their own upper school DBA School of Dance Ltd in 2019.

With four children under five of their own, both hard-working and determined mums-of-two are excited that they have been given the opportunity to open their own studio to share their passion and love for dance with the local community.

Currently providing high quality ballet and tap dancing lessons for primary school aged children through DBA School of Dance Ltd, the new venue will also be the home for their pre-school, Babyballet Southport.

Both schools share the same values and ethos of creating a dance experience for little ones that is both magical and educational. 

Jenniffer Berrett said: “We’re delighted to have our own studio where we can encourage the next generation to be the best they can be through dance. 

“We couldn’t have even dreamed of having our own studio without the support from our families and wider community and are now excited to share it with our amazing teachers, parents, carers of both DBA Students and Babyballet stars.” 

DBA School of Dance has opened new premises at the former Lloyds Bank building at 140 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport

DBA School of Dance has opened new premises at the former Lloyds Bank building at 140 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport

For more details please contact Jennifer or Rebekah via email at info@dbaschoolofdance.co.uk or southport@babyballet.co.uk call: 07405760174 (DBA) or 07980521267 (babyballet) or visit the web pages https://www.facebook.com/dbaschoolofdance or at: www.babyballet.co.uk

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