The dance school was set up by Mrs Ann Burns, who used her maiden name of Winrow and her married name Burns to come up with the name Winburn School of Dancing. She had three dance schools, one in Eccleston, one in Prescot and another in Rainford. The Eccleston school was started in 1958. After many happy years of dancing, she decided in 1998 that she should hang up her ballet shoes, with her last farewell theatre shows in 1999. She had decided to divide the three schools and Eccleston School of Dancing was born! We are delighted that Mrs Burns comes to all our shows and has an honorary President role on our committee.
Fiona had been teaching for Mrs Burns since 1985, passing the Associate exam qualifications as a Dance Teacher with Honours in 1989, and teaching every Saturday at Eccleston and Rainford, even whilst at University studying a degree in Education, PE and Dance, with primary teacher training. Fiona has worked as a manager in Special needs education for 17 years, now teaching in specialist alternative education whilst studying for educational psychology Masters degree qualifications. She has trained many of the dance teachers in St Helens, and has taught hundreds of pupils over the years.
Twelve years ago, ESD moved to St Luke's community hall, in Knowsley Road, which has been the home of our Saturday classes ever since. Our senior section classes are held at the Citadel Dance Studio in St Helens town centre, and we perform regularly at the Citadel and at the Brindley theatre. We have our own barres which are used every week for ballet, and we have amazing spaces to dance in. We now follow NATD syllabus and there are optional exams for those who wish to gain the nationally recognised qualifications.