A PROFESSIONAL dancer who has represented Britain in the World Amateur 10 Dance Championships is taking a leap and opening a dance school.

Bryony Mercer, 31, off Regent Street, Hoyland, has been dancing since she was two-years-old.

She began dancing at her parents’ dance school and aged six she began competing in competitions.

Over the years Bryony participated in the Champions of Tomorrow competition and she made it to the juvenile and junior British team.

She came second in the International championships and she was also a European professional Latin dancer finalist.

Bryony is now keen to pass on her skills to the dancers of tomorrow and has founded her own dance school, Queen B Dance Academy.

She said: “I’ve won several titles over the years and I’ve always been interested in teaching. I’m now in the position to take on this new challenge and teach others something I am passionate about.”

Children can begin classes from 18 months, with classes for all ages up to adults, and covering all abilities from beginners to competition level.

Bryony said: “All my classes are taught to the Associated Board of Dance standard and I will also be offering private tuition. I will also be holding private lessons to those who are preparing for their wedding dance.”

The classes will be held at Elsecar Parish Hall, Wath Road and the school will officially launch on September 21.

Bryony said: “I’m excited to welcome so many new eager dancers into my school and as the principal teacher I can’t wait to get started.”

Classes will begin at 10am on September 21 and for more information about what classes will be running on the day visit Queen B Dance Academy on Facebook or call 07577 599087.