My daughter Emily Lambert started dancing at age 2 and a half years. Having watched my two cousins dance at the school for a number of years I thought it would be a good discipline for Emily to learn.

My intention was that she would attend grade class every Saturday. How wrong could I be even at that young age she got the bug and dancing became hers and my life!

Emily first competed just before she turned 3 years old doing a Greek dance - it was laughable really as she didn’t even dance when the music started just stood in the centre of the stage and smiled at the adjudicator until the music finished politely curtsied and exited the stage!

Following this first competition she learned a ballet solo and progressed to all seven solos eventually having duets and trios with friends at the school.

Over the years Emily has won lots of medals and trophies but not always, for Emily it has always been about the taking part she isn’t very competitive although she does like to be placed but is more than happy if her friends have been placed and she hasn’t.

Whilst at the school Emily has completed all her Ballet grade exams and Tap exams. At age seven she was given the opportunity to perform in the Pantomime Dick Whittington at Manchester Opera House with friends from the school and the Chuckle Brothers over a six week run.

Emily’s time at the school has been great, she has grown in confidence over the years, Miss Debra and Miss Danielle have been great teachers and role models to her, sadly Emily is coming to the end of her dance journey as she looks forward to going to University in the hope of becoming a primary school teacher.

I am sure the experience she has had at the school over the last 15 years will stand her in good stead and I would personally like to take the opportunity to thanks Debra and Danielle for their encouragement and dedication to Emily, the school has been a massive part of both of our lives and long may it continue to bring joy to other girls and boys for many more years to come.

Jackie Lambert

My daughter has been dancing at the McLaren dance company for the last seven years and over this time my daughters self esteem and confidence has grown so much. Miss Danielle and Debra have been very patient and worked very hard with my daughter as she wasn't a natural and struggled picking up certain choreography.

It amazes me how much she has Improved and I can never thank them enough for everything they have done for my daughter and the happy memories we have shared as a family and as a result of the dancing school.

Natalie Nelson

My daughter Rose has been dancing since the age of 2, when she was 10 her passion and confidence of which she was born with was coming very low at the dance school she began her training with. As a parent who had invested a lot of time and money I wasn't ready to let Rose give it all up and wanted to help her get that passion back.

I contacted Miss Danielle from The McLaren Dance Company who agreed to let Rose have a little trial with no obligation to see what she thought, as ultimately it was up to Rose weather she wished to carry on with her dancing. After 1 ballet class with Miss Danielle in Grade 3 she came out saying please can I come again and I saw her face light up which is something I hadn't seen for a while. Rose is now 12 and recently performed in The Mclaren Dance show at Burnley Mechanics and to see her shining on that stage was so good to see!

The standard of training is top class and very professional! The children are encouraged to be the best that they can be. Roses technique in her dancing has improved so much with the training of Miss Danielle, Miss Debra and Miss Francena and all the other teachers as well as the master classes which the children are also encouraged to do.

The McLaren Dance Company is like a family and I am very grateful that Rose and I are part of it. Rose got her passion back for dance, has met some great friends along the way but most of all is happy! We are looking forward to seeing what the next few years brings.

Bernadette Trueman

My daughter, Eleanor, has been dancing at McLaren Dance Company for the last fifteen years, since she was two. Every year, we've watched her grow in confidence and the improvements in the last couple of years have astounded us!

During this time, she has decided to compete in a range of styles - something she wasn;t confident enough to do previously. The support and encouragement of Miss Debra and Miss Danielle have helped her to be the confident and talented young lady that she is! And we can't thank them enough!

MDC is where she thrives and they have given her the drive and ability to hopefully pursue dancing as a future career! It's a privilege for my daughter to be part of the MDC family!

Kirsten Broderick

My daughter Sarah is 17yrs old and has danced since the age of 2. She is hoping to make dance her future career. Earlier this year she had her confidence knocked. She stopped believing in herself and talked about giving up dance. After 15 yrs that would have been a shame.

In our search for a solution we approached Mclaren Dance Company. From her first visit there to meet Miss Danielle we knew that we were there to stay. Both Miss Danielle and Debra along with their team of amazing teachers have shown Sarah incredible love and support. They have gone above and beyond to re-build her confidence and give her back her love of Dance.

Sarah has a busy year ahead with applications and auditions but Miss Danielle and Debra are right behind her with support and preparation. We know she is in good hands and have every confidence that they will play a big part in this chapter of her dance journey. Mclaren Dance Company.. you are outstanding!!!

Karen Burns