Six decades of dance

Doreen's School of Dancing in Leighton Buzzard is celebrating its 60th anniversary
Doreen's School of Dancing in Leighton Buzzard is celebrating its 60th anniversary

Doreen’s School of Dancing is putting on three very special displays next week.

All 70 pupils – ranging in age from three to 60 – will be taking part in these gala events to celebrate the School’s diamond jubilee.

It’s a dream come true for its 77-year-old founder – dance doyenne Doreen Rolls, who was born and bred in Leighton Buzzard.

She said: “We wanted to do something special to mark the occasion and we’ve had a great time putting the shows together.

“We’re looking forward to performing for current pupils’ friends and families and would warmly welcome former students to help celebrate this fantastic milestone.”

Doreen was only three when she started training with Coral Holt, who was evacuated to Leighton during the war.

When Coral returned to Holloway, Doreen went up to London once a month to attend classes.

She then joined Madame Venna Turner of Cricklewood to take her exams.

She realised her ambition of opening her own dance school in 1955 and it’s been a highly successful Leighton enterprise ever since.

Classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays at Hockliffe Street Baptist Church.

Generations of dancers have spent countless happy hours at the barre and the youngest dancer taking part next week is the granddaughter of one of the oldest, who is also in the show.

The trio of concerts will incorporate music from the past six decades and will feature a medley of tap, ballet and modern dance.

Tickets are going like hot cakes so be quick if you want to see one of the shows at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre. They take place at 7pm on Friday, April 24 and 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, April 25.

> Call the Box Office on 0300 300 8125 or visit www.leightonbuzzardlibrarytheatre.co.uk