Showcase celebrates 30 years of dancing talent

Dance teacher Gail Johnstone with her dancers from Turning Point

Dance teacher Gail Johnstone with her dancers from Turning Point

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Holly Johnstone, star of BBC’s prime time Tumble programme, is returning to the Lancaster dance school where she trained to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Turning Point Theatre Arts at Lancaster Leisure Park is celebrating the milestone with two two-hour showcases at Lancaster University’s Nuffield Theatre, featuring both past and present students.

Holly has helped choreograph a number of the routines and will be dazzling the audience with her gymnastic, dance and acrobatics routines on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14.

Called Threezero, the show is the idea of owner and teacher Gail Johnstone, who trained locally before joining the Royal Ballet and Laine Theatre Arts, and becoming a member of Arlene Phillip’s 1980’s dance troupe Hot Gossip.

She returned to Lancaster after an accident curtailied her dreams of a career in the spotlight, and she acquired the school from previous owner Barbara Wright in 1984.

Recently a red carpet party was held at the Leisure Park and ex pupils who now work all over the world came together to congratulate Gail.

She said: “It was a wonderful occasion, and I had a tear in my eye for most of the evening. Everyone was so kind, and learning what the school has meant to them was truly amazing for me to hear. Most of my pupils felt they’d belonged to a family. When I set up this school all those years ago, I never imagined that I could have made such an impact on their young lives”.

She added: “After 30 years, it’s wonderful to look back and say I’ve been able to help them onto the first stepping stone of their careers. I am immensely proud of the success that such a lot of our pupils have gone on to achieve.”