After eight years’ hard work, the founder of the Dynamic Dance Company finally has a place to call home.
Emma Waters, 29, has been obsessed with dancing since the age of four.
She danced her way through school and college before becoming a GCSE dance teacher at Hayling College.
As well as wanting to pass her knowledge on to the next generation of dancers, Emma wanted to do something more and set up the Dynamic Dance Company in 2006.
In that time she has seen the company grow, hiring dance spaces in Havant, Waterlooville and Portsmouth to accommodate the number of students it was taking on.
As the company began to take on more classes, displaying a range of different dances, Emma decided she needed a place to call her own.
This lead to the opening of her own studio at Tidworth Road, Leigh Park, which opened last Saturday and saw hundreds of people turn up to sign on for the classes on offer.
She said: ‘I could not believe how many people came along, it means we may have to consider more classes.
‘All the promotion was done through Facebook and word of mouth, so it is a little overwhelming.
‘When we acquired the unit we turned everything around in eight weeks as we just wanted to get things going.
‘It’s great to see the work pay off and have a place to call home.’
The company already has more than 350 students from the age of three to adults,.
It is run by Emma and fellow dancers Jemma Jones, Jo El–Kilany and Anitta Bishop.
The four of them all bring different styles to the company and aim to encourage more youngsters in the area to find a passion for dance.
The mayor of Havant, Cllr Leah Turner officially opened the new studio.
Cllr Turner said: ‘It is wonderful see so many people come a support a new project in our community.
‘To see eight years of hard work come to this must be such a rewarding feeling for Emma and the other teachers.’