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Four generations tread the boards

Two-year-old Lyla has followed in the dancing footsteps of her mum, gran and great gran to become the fourth generation at a local dance school.

When Lyla started her dance lessons at the Stephaneta Dance School in Cannock recently, she joined great gran Beryl Coggins, 78, gran Stephanie, 56, and mum Sophie, 28.

The dance school is run by the older three generations of the family, who all love to tread the boards.

Beryl began learning to dance when she was just 18 in the 1940s. She enjoyed a career on the stage before launching the school in 1952, then known as the Midland School of Stage Dancing.

Beryl, whose stage name is Mrs Charles, has appeared at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre, The Prince of Wales in Cannock and Gatehouse, Stafford over the years.

She said: “I’m very glad to be able to keep going like this.

“All I’ve ever done it for is the enjoyment of it, and it’s lovely to see the children get on and take their exams.”

Grand-daughter Sophie, known as Miss Sophie at the school, added: “She’s still fighting fit – she’s brilliant. The children absolutely love her.”

The school, which is based at Kingston Court, in Walsall Road, holds classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for pupils aged from two to adults.

Classes include zumba, ballet, theatrecraft, tap, modern jazz, freestlye, hip-hop, line dancing and adult tap.

Pupils from the school also take part in the annual performance at Cannock’s Prince of Wales Centre.


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