Stage school puts on a show to mark milestone

DOREMI''Principal of the Dore School of Performing Arts Kate Riley (front, centre) is pictured with pupils at show rehearsals.
DOREMI''Principal of the Dore School of Performing Arts Kate Riley (front, centre) is pictured with pupils at show rehearsals.
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LET’S celebrate!

That was the name of a super show put on to mark the 50th anniversary of a well-known Sheffield stage school.

It was in the autumn of 1961 that 16-year-old Bobbie Drakeford persuaded her vicar to let her use a small back room at the local church hall for her classes.

The Dore School of Performing Arts was born, went from strength to strength and has been meeting in the hall ever since.

Since then, graduates have gone on dance careers around the world - in France, Italy, the USA, Asia and many other European countries.

Currently the school has around 120 students, aged from two and a half all the way to 93.

Classes are led by principal Kate Riley.

“The celebration show appropriately had a definite flavour of the 60s but also showcased the many dance style we teach here,” Bobbie said.

“We have classical ballet, jazz dance, theatre craft, tap, hip hop, street dance and freestyle. We’ve had to move with the times over the years.”

Money raised from the three shows will support the education of a young Nepalese woman, Shanti Poudel. Over the last five years, the school has paid for her school uniform and equipment.

It is now supporting her as she moves on to college training to become a teacher.

“The years have flown by, it’s amazing that we are celebrating a whole half century,” Bobbie added.