Gosport Dance Schools

GOSPORT DANCE SCHOOLS

WENDY ATKINS
I was wondering if anybody remembers the dancing schools “Sunshine Kiddies” and “Marina Juveniles” ? If my memory serves me correctly, the former school was near the Ferry Gardens, but I cannot remember the name of the Road. We used to wear pale green dresses with a flared skirt and an red embroidered emblem encircled in red on the bodice. The other school I think was either at Nicholson Hall, or nearby, I think a Mrs. Sainsbury played the piano for us.

ALISON GATERELL (NEE MARSHALL)
Hi in answer to (the above), I was a Sunshine Kiddie. It was at number 1 Parham Road, my sister was also a Sunshine Kiddie and many of the dance teachers that have schools in Gosport now were Sunshine Kiddies, I’m still in touch with them all. I think it was Nanny Smith that first taught then Auntie Peggy and then Miss Lesley.

JANE WINDSOR
I was a sunshine kiddie – believe it was run by Peggy Smith. I think it was in Parham rd Gosport. Were you there when we learned the tap dance for the record breaking event with Roy Castle? I’m going back some time – probably about 1980ish.

JEAN WOOD (NEE MARSTON) From Albany, Western Australia
I was a Marina Juvenile, circa 1945. I joined with my friend Doreen Voller. We wore black skirts with red trimming and I think a different colour for concerts. Miss Lockyer (her married name was Henning?), was the principal and she had a son who was in the troupe. I remember her tapping to ‘Shine on harvest moon’ at one concert.Later I was with the Jubilee School of Dancing, run by Dorothy Stevens, her mother Mrs. Smith played piano. We had our own intro. song, Jubilee children, wearing a smile, Greeting the world in the Jubilee style, etc. I was in the ‘Dinah’ line, with, Jean Ackland, Phyllis May,Valerie Eaves, Challis Bence and others whose names I can’t recall. Over the years I have been choreographer for various musicals and variety shows and keep a pair of tap shoes, although I can no longer do more than a few steps! A Happy New Year to you and your readers.

ALISON GATERELL (NEE MARSHALL) #2
Just read the dancing school memories, in response to Jane Windsor yes I was in the record breakers tap dance with Roy Castle, I have the news clipping on video!!! I’m still in touch with a lot of sunshine kiddies as a lot of us are dance teachers ourselves now. Auntie Peggy is still going strong although Uncle Steve sadly past away a few years ago now.

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