Stage school ready to expand

Karen Binns Stage School, Elland
Karen Binns Stage School, Elland

A mentoring scheme has helped take an Elland stage school to the next level.

The Karen Binns Stage School has relocated into the Savage Centre, Eastgate.

Karen, 32, has been dancing since aged nine and took over what was The Susan Glover Stage School at Northgate, Elland, in 2003.

She had aspirations of growing the business and two years ago she sought the help of business mentor Robert Thorpe to understand the “bigger picture.”

Mr Thorpe, a director of Elland Steel Structures, Highroad Well, Halifax, has helped guide her through the relocation and prepare for the future. He gave his time and experience through the “Business to Enterprise” scheme which Calderdale helped to initiate three years ago.

The scheme has now closed but the mentoring aspect has continued.

Karen said her confidence had grown due to mentoring.

“We looked at a project to move premises and Mr Thorpe has been very supportive and kept me motivated,” she said.

“The move involved extensive work and has taken a long time.”

The Karen Binns Stage School now has a main studio and side rooms and further refurbishment is being carried out at the building where the Anchormen Drum & Bugle Corps are also based.

Karen intends extending opening hours and offering more classes for all ages which include a “tiny boppers” movement class, drama/singing, bodyblitz fitness and circuit training.