FOLLOWING the huge success of our 'Looking Back' article last week on the closure of a Helensburgh dance school, this week we go back ten years to news of another dance school opening in the town.

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Here's how we reported the news on January 11, 2007...

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SCOTLAND'S premier dance school is coming to Helensburgh.

The Sutherland School of Dance has been a huge success with children in Dumbarton and Vale of Leven area since it first opened its doors in 1969.

Throughout the years youngsters have entered the Sutherland School of Dance studio as amateurs and emerged as stars - from a world champion Highland dancer, to a tap dancing champion and a singing sensation, all thanks to a team of dedicated instructors.

And now those highly qualified teachers have decided it is time to pass on their knowledge to Helensburgh's budding dancers.

Principal teacher and director of the popular school of dance is Jan Sutherland-Archer, who is a fellow and examiner of the British Theatre Dance Association, fellow of the International Dance Teachers Association and mutually recognised teacher RAD, ballet, and a member of the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance.

Jan said: "I love teaching dance and enjoy every moment of it. When I was training to become a dance teacher I was always taught to make everybody feel special and I think that is why the school has been a success."

Betty Sutherland, Jan's mother, set up the dance school and watched proudly as it grew in popularity with extra classes having to be added.

But it was only when Jan was inundated with calls from the parents of pupils at the Julianne School of Dance in Helensburgh that she decided to expand the business and teach in the town.