Official opening of Mad4Dance

Julie Laming Cutting the Ribbon to Open the Mad4Dance home
Julie Laming Cutting the Ribbon to Open the Mad4Dance home

Local dance school, Mad4Dance, has official opened its new home in Christchurch’s British Legion building, which saw Mad4Dance Founder, Julie Laming, and a group of dance pupils from the local community celebrate by cutting the ribbon on the 30th October.
Julie Laming had been looking for a permanent home for her dance school for several years, so when she spotted the British Legion building to let last year, she jumped at the opportunity. Working in partnership with the British Legion, who will continue to use the upstairs of the premises, Julie and her Mad4Dance pupils will inject a new lease of life into the building whilst retaining its much-loved history and character.
The official opening came after a year and a half of legal negotiations and refurbishment, which so far totals just over £50,000, some of which was raised through community fundraising and donations. Julie was also touched to have the support of her pupils’ parents, who kindly gave their time and trade services for free to help Julie refurbish the whole of the ground floor with three new dance studios, changing rooms, a chill out space and kitchen.
Julie says “I was moved and deeply grateful for all the support of my team, students and parents who gave so much time and hard work to help make this project possible. There is still work yet to be done, but I am confident that we will get there.”
The opening of the dance school’s new home coincides with their 15th year in business, during which they’ve had the pleasure of teaching over 1,000 children. The school currently teaches 200 pupils aged from 3 years old to 18 and over, with up to 30 classes per week. With their new home, Julie has the opportunity to grow Mad4Dance with new classes, more events and a stronger presence in the local community – the centre gives Julie a place to support young people’s physical and mental wellbeing, enabling them to have greater confidence in themselves and what they can achieve.
Julie’s commitment to enhancing young people’s wellbeing has always been a driving force. As such, her vision for the new centre isn’t just to provide a place for dance – she also has plans to launch a charity next year, which will be based at the school and focused on supporting young people in the local community.
Julie and the children will celebrate the opening of the school with a Christmas party in early December, with plans to host an official open day for the local community mid January 2020.
If you’d like to get involved or find out more please visit the Mad4Dance crowd funding page or contact Julie via the website at


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