The 2000's


The school played a major role in Stamford’s Millennium "Showcase" concert, Stamford’s largest ever show. The concert was held in a 400 seat specially erected marquee on Stamford meadows. The event was coordinated by David (then Vice chairman of the local Arts committee) and involved all the local performing arts societies including Tolethorpe Shakespeare, Shoestring Theatre, Stamford Pantomime players, Stamford Brass, Choral society, and was a huge success. As well as WSD’s involvement in the evening shows, they performed two special Matinee performances of “Peter and the Wolf” accompanied by the Stamford Chamber Orchestra.

The school was asked in 2007 to perform Peter and the Wolf with the Chamber Orchestra by the Stamford Civic Society for part of the towns conservation celebrations.WSD became a regular at the Stamford Festival, winning the “Best Youth” trophy, the “Kiwanis Special Merit” trophy, “Best School”  trophy many times and the “Best Overall” trophy in 2007. WSD also entertained at fetes and local fund raising events, and raised many thousands of pounds for Children in Need and local children’s groups and individuals in need of assistance, something that Anne and David are particularly passionate about.

Under Anne’s expert tutelage, WSD pupils made their careers in theatre, both behind the scenes and treading the boards. Her students have danced with the Royal Ballet Company at Covent Garden, danced in the ballroom scene of the feature film, “Mansfield Park” and have appeared in London’s West End in shows that include "Billy Elliot", and "Phantom of the Opera" Two former pupils, Katie Green and Alice Cade have created their own dance companies. Anne’s pupils can be seen appearing in numerous local amateur and professional shows, many produced and choreographed by former and current pupils. In recent years several senior students have successfully auditioned and performed with both the London Children’s Ballet and English Youth Ballet. Others, such as Clare Cole (Spalding School of Dance) and Chloe Hebden have started their own dance schools. Anne regularly organised Stamford's May Day Celebrations with May Queen, Maypole dances and the traditional parade through the town, with Robin Hood & Maid Marion and the Stamford town Mayor in attendance. WSD Maypole dancing has been held in Red lion Square, St. Georges Square, and also on the Stamford Meadows. Under Anne, WSD pupils also perform every year in Dance Onboard, a festival and celebration of all the regions dance schools, held at the Cresset.

Anne and David were blessed with three wonderful teachers who joined the school in successive years, Lisa Topliss in 2007. Lesley Gramegna in 2008 and Amy Kendrick in 2009 as Tap, Modern Theatre, Hip Hop and Ballet teachers respectively. They all continue to teach at WSD today.