Fitting tribute to dance teacher

Family members Mark Huby and Jayne Atick by the road sign off College Road which has been named after dance teacher Nellie Stagles
Family members Mark Huby and Jayne Atick by the road sign off College Road which has been named after dance teacher Nellie Stagles
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The family of renowned Doncaster dance teacher Nellie Stagles are celebrating after having a road named after her following a 12-year campaign.

Stage Lane, the road leading up to Doncaster’s new theatre Cast, has now been renamed Nellie Stagles Way as a lasting tribute to the influential dance teacher, who died in 2007 at the age of 87.

The entrepreneur first opened the Nellie Stagles School of Theatre Dance in Doncaster in 1937, at the age of just 17, and the dance school is still going strong today.

Proud nephew Mark Huby, who now runs the dance school, has been campaigning for the lasting tribute for the past 12-years.

He said: “After years and years of trying we have finally had our wish come true.

“We are so proud as a family and I’m sure Nellie will be looking down and absolutely beaming, she would be proud as punch about this and something she truly deserves.

“We have been campaigning for 12 years to have a road named after her, and have sent countless letters to four different mayor’s over the years.

“It’s a shame it has taken so long but we are so pleased it has finally happened.

“This is a lasting tribute to Nellie and all she did for the borough and it’s really fitting that it’s the road leading up to the new theatre.

“It was former Mayor, Peter Davies, who finally gave this the go ahead and we are grateful for his support.”

As well as starting the dance school that has gone on to be a Doncaster institution, Nellie Stagles was also famed for her charity work.

Over the years the generous dancer raised more than £350,000 for good causes.

Responsible for teaching generations of Doncaster dancers, Nellie Stagles’ legacy still lives on today.

This September will mark the 76th anniversary of the popular school.

The ‘Nellie Stagles School of Theatre Dance’ remains one of the largest and most successful schools in South Yorkshire with hundreds of dedicated pupils attending dancing classes every week.

The school continues to grow and now boasts five studios throughout Doncaster and continues to boast a 100 per cent success rate in examinations.