Betty – a passionate dancer, opened her first dance school, it was the former Liberal Club on Shrewsbury road, where she was granted planning consent to set up The Betty Chappelle Dance School, which remains a centre of excellence to this day now ran by her daughter, principal Shani Mitchell.
Encouraged by the success of the Penistone school, Betty began to expand her operation, Initially, she established a branch in Stocksbridge, Mapplewell and Wakefield. Of these, the Wakefield Studio remains a successful enterprise under the capable direction of Linda Lister and her daughter Sally Mitchell.
The Betty Chappelle Dance Centre
Founded In 1954
Miss Betty Chappelle
Over the years Betty has trained thousands of dancers in all aspects of Theatre Dance nurturing them from the onset of their journey. Numerous pupils have established successful careers in the industry, from Theatre, Fashion, West End, Television & Films.
Betty Chappelle was a fellow, and Senior Examiner of the International Dance Teachers Association. She was a Member of the Modern Jazz Technical Committee, and constructed the Gymnastic Dance syllabus for the IDTA.
Betty has produced and choreographed both professional and amateur shows including TV, Circus and Review Productions. She often addressed seminars and lectures to other dance teachers in the UK and abroad.
Betty’s ambition and enthusiasm for dance has left an incredible legacy and The Betty Chappelle Dance School continues to inspire young dancers to this day.
A well established, friendly and professionally run Dance Centre.
We cater for all ages and abilities.
We not only deliver quality in performance but ensure that each of our pupils gets the most out of their experience by building life skills and confidence, while having a lot of fun and meeting new friends. Some of our students see dance simply as an enhancement to their lives, others have pursued careers in performance arts and progressed to become professional dancers, but whatever their ambitions or ability,
We strive to teach to professional standards.
All our fully qualified staff are highly experienced teaching professionals whose performing careers have spanned West End shows, UK and World tours, commercial pop videos, Film and Television. All hold qualifications with the International Dance Teachers Association. We offer training for all ages and levels in the major subjects of Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Street Jazz, Musical Theatre, Gymnastics and Teacher training and while exams are not compulsory, IDTA examinations are available to students and do help to monitor progress and maintain the high standards in our classes. All of our students are given the opportunity to participate in shows, where their performance and stage craft skills can be developed.