Now based in the iconic Wallsend Memorial Hall, Move It Studios first started offering dance lessons in 2013. Established by Helen Telford while on maternity leave with her daughter, Isabelle, Move It Studios has gone from strength to strength and has now become a thriving part of the town’s legacy for children and young people.
Initially offering one dance class per week from a base at the Archer Street Club, Move It Studios has grown steadily over the past five years, to a fully functioning studio offering a variety of dance disciplines taught by a small team, led by Helen.
When Move It Studios was nominated by a number of their students’ parents for the Heart of the Community Award 2017, the team was rightly proud.
Tell us a little more about Move It Studios
We have a small but perfectly formed team of dance teachers who offer classes in dance, gymnastics and fitness for children from walking age right through to young adults.
We only moved to our new premises at the Wallsend Memorial Hall in February 2017 and have taken over the whole of the top floor, completely renovating it to create two brand new studios, an office, a costume cupboard, a waiting room and a kitchen.
We’re very proud of our work within the Wallsend community and are striving to establish ourselves as an excellent outlet for activities for young people of all ages and abilities.
How did you come to be nominated for the Heart of the Community Award?
We were nominated by several of our parents who feel so strongly that we really work hard to create opportunities for children and young people in the local and wider community.
What does winning the Award mean to your business?
It means more than words can say; it truly is a recognition that a small plan that formed in my head way back in 2013 has come to fruition. We’re now ready to grow and nurture our children and young people for generations to come.
Winning the award has also brought Move It Studios into a spotlight that wasn’t available before, meaning that more people than every have heard about what we do and what we can offer to their young people.
What are you plans for the business?
We have recently grown with the addition of the fantastic Hellcats Cheer Squad, who now train with us and are part of our Move It family. Their principal, Sarah Wilson, now works alongside our current team and will herself be leading on new subjects and competitive areas within the school.
We have also identified several our senior dancers who are keen to train towards becoming our teachers of the future. We want to work with them to guide and nurture their aspirations.
We want to continue to deliver an outstanding service to our local and wider community and be part of a fantastic borough.
What’s the best thing about running a business in North Tyneside?
The people truly make it a joy to work and teach in North Tyneside. As parents tell me, we aren’t just a dance school, we are a family. I truly feel that too.