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Strictly Goodman’s Dartford dance centre could relocate

PUBLISHED: 10:13 07 July 2011

Len Goodman

Len Goodman

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»Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman’s dance school could move into council facilities to put on classes for wheelchair users, the deaf and 
offer training for new 
instructors.

Dartford Borough Council agreed at a cabinet meeting on Thursday to set aside £100,000 for improvements to the ballroom at the Acacia Halls to allow The Goodman Dance School to relocate from its Market Street site.

‘Perfect’

Councillor Patsy Thurlow, cabinet member for leisure and events, is delighted with the proposal.

She said: “They have put a lot of really good ideas forward and it is something we have approved. The council wants to see this go through as it would be such a benefit to the town.”

The proposal is for Acacia Halls to house not only the Dance Centre, offering lessons on all dance genres, for wheelchair users and the hearing impaired, and putting on Easter and summer holiday courses for children but also include the Goodman Accredited Learning Centre.

This would run accredited courses in dance teaching and holding exercise classes, offer a one-year degree course in musical theatre, dance career advice evenings and would see introduction of the Len Goodman Scholarship Award.

“Acacia Halls is such a good facility for the town and being connected with Len Goodman’s school would be a perfect way to utilise it,” added Cllr Thurlow.

The Reporter was unable to contact a representative from Len Goodman Dance School about the story before the newspaper went to press last night.


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