The History of Valerie Smith Stage School
Updated: Oct 1, 2019
Nearly 40 year ago
The Valerie Smith Stage School (VSSS) was established in the Glenrose Shopping Centre in the late 1970’s, collaborating with the Glen St Academy.
In 1991 VSSS moved to it’s second home, the Belrose Scout Hall in Davidson. While at the scout hall, not only did the students bring their dance shoes, they also brought along a log for the fireplace, where toasting marshmallows was an integral part of the classes, together with climbing the stairs, to get to the loft for their Barre work.
It was during this time that VSSS decided to expand its dance styles and started competing in Eisteddfods.
The scout hall also holds a special place in the hearts of a few of our teachers. For Miss Jen it was their introduction to VSSS and for Mrs Moly it was at the scout hall where she decided to start her dance teaching career and the rest we can say is dancing history.
Success, Growth and new Styles!
The school continued to grow and in 1996 the school, moved back to Glenrose Shopping Centre, and shared the facilities with Jenny Ham. Studios 2 & 3 became VSSS’ permanent home and after a few years Miss Smith had to install shelves to show off the schools many successes.
It was at the Glenrose when Miss Nardia & Miss Ashleigh joined the VSSS family and have helped with school ever since.
Glenrose also saw VSSS’ history being made when first Hip Hop classes were added to the timetable. Less than a year later and due to popular demand BOYS ONLY Hip Hop classes were scheduled and being one of the first dance schools on the northern beaches to do so, they were very popular.
The Dream that is now Our Home
With the anticipated renovation of Glenrose Shopping Centre, Miss Smith started the exhausting search for VSSS’ next home. After much searching Miss Smith found the ideal location for the school, a place large enough for Miss Smith to make her original dream for her school a reality.
In 2007 VSSS moved to our current studios in Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest. We now boast 3 air conditioned studios, 2 dressing rooms (Junior & Senior), Office, Kitchenette, Girls and BOYS bathrooms and a timeout room, for parents and students to sit a relax while on break from classes.Coinciding with the move was the introduction of ballet at VSSS, the final piece in Miss Smith’s dream.
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