Hannah Lucy Stage School was established in February 2019 in Haltwhistle and Gilsland running classes for children age 3+. We later branched out to running adult dance fitness classes in Bardon Mill Village Hall. From the start classes were run at St Wilfrids Church hall in Haltwhistle and Gilsland Village hall. Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus in March 2020 we had to close the school temporarily and due to personal situations Miss Hannah had to completely stop teaching for a matter of weeks. In June 2020 Miss Hannah was able to start running classes via zoom. This technology meant that our students were able to keep dancing and work towards a new BTDA award, the Lockdown award. In September 2020 we were finally able to get back to proper classes, but due to the virus St Wilfrids church hall could not accommodate our classes. We therefore had a rush to find a new venue. The Comrades Club came to our rescue and offered HLSS the use of their function room, which was perfect. Due to the rules at the time we were also unable to return to teaching adult classes, therefore these stayed on zoom and remained amazing classes. As further lockdown rules came into effect in January 2021 we were back to only being able to run classes via zoom, once again working towards BTDA Lockdown awards. We are hoping to be able to get back to proper classes in the future when it is safe to do so. For the meantime we will keep zooming and keep dancing!
Miss Hannah is the Principal teacher and owner of HLSS. She is a BTDA registered teacher.
Starting dancing at the age of 3 she has always danced at a British Theatre Dance Association School. From a young age Miss Hannah knew she wanted to teach dance and has always had a passion to help others succeed, passing on her knowledge of dance to the younger generations. Miss Hannah has starred in many stage shows and pantomimes in her years of dancing and has even been given the amazing opportunity of teaching dance in dance schools in Italy.
At 18 Miss Hannah started her BTDA teaching qualifications whilst teaching at Karen Binns Stage School, the same school that she had learnt to dance at. Gaining these qualifications pushed Miss Hannah to go one step further and open HLSS.
The British Theatre Dance Association was established in 1972 by its President Ann Oliver MBE, in the Midlands. Since then the BTDA has grown, with schools throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. BTDA examinations offer GQAL awards with their regulated examinations.
For more information on the British Theatre Dance Association visit www.btda.org.uk