Dancers can trip light fantastic in new Sheffield ballroom

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A BOOMING dance centre in Sheffield is set to open its third ballroom this weekend with a right old knees up.

Building work to extend Draper’s Dance Centre on High Street, Beighton, has been ongoing all summer.

And now the workmen have moved out and the dancers are all set to move in.

The 100-year-old building originally housed two ballrooms.

Then 40 years later Raymond Draper opened a studio.

And demand from dancers was so high that last year Raymond’s son Scott and his wife Hayley, who have run the centre for seven years, applied for planning permission to make it bigger.

Scott, a former world and European professional finalist, said: “The dance centre’s success over recent years and the need to expand has been mainly down to increased interest in all things dance.”

And this weekend regular dancers will get their first opportunity to trip the light fantastic on the glittering new dance floor.

And Hayley, who was UK youth champion and an international and world youth finalist, said it should be quite a party.

“The opening takes place tomorrow at 7.30pm and the ribbon will be officially cut at 8pm when everyone will be let into the new room.

“There will then be 140 people taking part in the first dance to christen the dance floor.

“Then we will put on a home grown show featuring some of our fabulous little pupils who are all aged between 10 and 11.

“Then at 9pm there will be a professional Latin show.”