A trip down memory lane for Newhaven dance teachers

A dance display at the exhibition
A dance display at the exhibition

An exhition to celebrate the contribution to the community by two sisters who have been teaching dancing for more than 60 years attracted more than 100 visitors.

Newhaven Museum opened the exhibition about Jean and Margaret Cantell on Saturday August 3 and the day even included dancing displays from Studio Tempo.

It was opened by the deputy mayor of Newhaven Judith Ost and will run until the end of October at the museum at Paradise Park.

Ian Everest from Newhaven Museum said: “Prior to the opening ceremony visitors to the forecourt of the garden centre and boot sale were greeted with the unusual sound of music and the sight of happy people dancing, not a normal Saturday morning occurrence.”

Former pupil Yvonne Robbins added: “Attending the opening of the Studio Tempo exhibition at the Newhaven Museum on Saturday was a truly nostalgic event.

“Seeing the many photos on display together with reading the book that Jean has compiled brought back many happy memories of the times that my family and I had spent at the studio.

“The dancing displays were excellent and drew a large crowd of spectators and it was lovely to see the parade led by Snoopy (the studio mascot) with the children blowing bubbles as they walked along.

“Jean and Margaret have given so many pupils a lot of happiness and skills over the past 60 years and it was lovely to see their teaching given recognition in this way.”

Jean and Margaret thanked Tony Helyar and all the museum staff for their kindness and help.

There were performances on the day from: Studio Tempo Adults Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancers, trained by Margaret Cantell and Studio in LineAdult Line Dancers trained by Territa Corbett.

Up the Tempo Dance School Tiny Tots to Teenagers, trained by Stefanie Watts and Joanna Hatt, performed a freestyle dance.

Newhaven Museum is at Paradise Park.

The exhibition of photographs and memorabilia reflects the past 60 years of Jean and Margaret Cantell teaching dance at Studio Tempo in Newhaven town centre and other local venues.

It can be seen during the museum opening times of 2pm – 4pm, Tuesday to Friday and 2pm - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.