Katie Collins School of irish Dance has been running since 2005 in Kinver and Kidderminster, this year saw a brand new satellite class open in Wall Heath, taught by two of the schools champion level dancers.
The school is taught solely by Katie Hulagu (Collins) a teacher registered with W.I.D.A (World Irish Dance Association). Beginner classes in Kinver and Kidderminster are assisted by Fay Peters and Laura Needham.
Having danced for many years at a top school in Birmingham, Katie opened the school in 2005 aged just 17. What was a part time hobby whilst studying quickly evolved into being the only registered open platform school in the area, with 60+ dancers on register.
The school has achieved many accolades in just 6 years of top level competition including:
5 x Solo European Champions
1 x Team European Champion
4 x Solo British Champions
3 x Team British Champions
5 x Solo Scottish Champions
Top 5 placement in the All Irelands, British Championships, Irish Championships, German Championships, Scottish Opens and World Championships in teams and solos over 50 times!
Although we are very proud of our competitive achievements, competition is not our only focus, the school caters for the recreational dancer too.
We take part in several displays during the year for various events and charities, we have danced in the Birmingham St Patrick's Day parade and danced with professional touring show 'Essence of Ireland'. Our dancers take exams registered with WIDA which when completed will lead to a qualification as a WIDA registered Irish dance teacher.
We also hold an annual show and an annual class feis which our recreational students take part in.