Inspirational Judith’s first love was dance

Judith Sylvester, of Constance Grant School of Dance in Sheffield, who passed away in Cyprus.
Judith Sylvester, of Constance Grant School of Dance in Sheffield, who passed away in Cyprus.
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Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a teacher who inspired generations of youngsters at a Sheffield dance school.

The family of Judith Sylvester, who ran Constance Grant School of Dance in Psalter Lane for most of her adult life, have spoken of their shock and sadness following her sudden death in Cyprus.

The 75-year-old became a well-known figure in the city after taking over at the helm of Constance Grant, the school set up by her mother around 90 years ago.

Today it has 691 pupils - from tots to adults - and its bi-annual show at City Hall plays to sell-out audiences.

Judith passed on her passion for performing to daughters Karen Siddall and Tracie Southern, who have vowed to continue running the centre as usual.

Karen said: “Love of dance, creativity and people was her life.”

Judith, of Ecclesall, began her dancing life in the ballroom, before a glittering career which saw her being made president of the International Dance Teachers Association.

It was while working for the body that she passed away abroad.

Constance Grant’s Facebook page has been inundated with messages of condolence and tributes to the dance teacher.

Karen told The Star: “It has been comforting seeing how many people she gave encouragement to.”