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The 1990's

The 1990's

1990

In 1993, Debbie Shuttleworth joined WSD and instantly became a firm WSD favourite. She’s now been with the school 20 years and daughter Jessica dances with WSD. In 1995 Anne and David moved the school from its St Mary's passage studio to new studios in Stamford Walk, with the main studio being the former Ballroom to the old Stamford Hotel. Anne and David spent many thousands of pounds creating a dance studio complex, including the ballroom that can be turned into a theatre with raised seating made by David, and used for the schools smaller productions.

The school put on major dance shows at the Stamford Corn Exchange every other year. Anne’s shows included all pupils from grade one ballet upwards and all had original scripts written by Anne herself, sharing a theme and story about life in and around Stamford, using the fictional town “Stamwood”. This is a tradition that Miss Purr has continued to this day. . Anne and David are great supporters of the Stamford Exchange Hall theatre project and invested over £6,000 in the refurbishment program. All costumes for the shows and displays were supplied by the school (most made by Mr Walker) at no expense to parents.