Burstow School of Dancing was founded in 1988 by Miss Wanda Reeve. Classes were held in the Church Hall, Redehall Road on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon with ballet, modern and fun tap forming the timetable.
Sarah Whiteside began working at Burstow School of Dancing to gain valuable teaching experience whilst still at college and so when Wanda Reeve decided to sell the school in 1997, Sarah seemed the obvious person to take on the job.
She immediately decided that the school needed expanding and over the next few years changed the venue to the Centenary Hall, changed the name to Whiteside’s and opened more classes, gradually building the school from 45 pupils to closer to 200 pupils and classes running 5 days a week.
Sarah decided that performances should be a strong aspect of the school. Dance is all about performing and children need to experience that thrill of being on a stage. Our first real show was in 2002 at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill and we haven’t looked back. We soon grew too large for the Harlequin and moved over to the Hawth Theatre in Crawley. The reputation of the WSOD shows preceeds us and is one of which we are very proud.
The school as it stands today is a thriving, leading ISTD school with an emphasis on first class teaching and lots of performing opportunities. We continue to grow and add new classes and 2013 saw the introduction of boys’ classes for the first time.
We look forward to many more exciting years at Whiteside’s School Of Dance.