Acton Ballet School, which started with only a couple of children, is holding its first show with over 80 young people.
The Acton Ballet School was launched by Bridget Hearne-Saliba in October 2007 and training is now held four days a week at the Priory Community Centre, Acton Lane, Acton.
Although basically a ballet school, classes are also held in jazz, tap and Irish dancing, the latter proving extremely popular with the local Irish community as well as families living in Brentford and Ealing.
Irish is taught by Laura Ryan who moved from Dublin to London and was originally a professional Irish dancer before teaching at her own schools in Ireland.
Bridget, the principal, started her career with the Royal Ballet School and then graduated into London’s Festival Ballet, now known as English National Ballet.
She decided to give a ballet school to Acton where she has lived for 30 years having first qualified as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Acton Ballet School is now accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training.
The school's first summer show is being held in the Main Hall at the Priory Community Centre on July 11 at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £5 or £12 for a family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children. Tickets can be purchased in advance by phoning Bridget on 020 8992 6891 or on the day.