New Kirkcaldy School of Dance set to open studio above High Street store

Alba School of Dance moves into space that was the first floor formal bridal suite at Wilkies at 228 High Street.

School principal Stacey Walker said that for the past two months they have been busy converting the space into a dance studio.

The store continues to trade – and it could house other organizations as it seeks to take up space on its upper floors.

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Alba School of Dance 228 High St Kirkcaldy (upstairs at Wilkies). Pictured: Lexi Grieve 11, Principal Stacey Walker and Alba Walker 10, before the studio opens this Saturday. Photo: Scott Louden.

The new school started holding classes at Raeburn Hall in Kirkcaldy last July, but since the start of this year Stacey has been looking for a permanent place to house the studio.

Stacey, who has over 25 years of experience in the dance industry, said: “The new studio started in January when I started looking for space for us.

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“Our lessons were taking place at Raeburn Hall in Kirkcaldy, but unfortunately the goalkeeper was retiring at the end of March and there was uncertainty as to what was going on with the venue.

Alba School of Dance 228 High St Kirkcaldy (upstairs at Wilkies). Pictured: Lexi Grieve 11, Principal Stacey Walker and Alba Walker 10, before the studio opens this Saturday. Photo: Scott Louden.

“I found out about the available floor at Wilkies after seeing it online, and contacted the rental agent to arrange a viewing.

“The Wilkies manager showed me around the building and I felt it suited my needs.”

She continued: “We have been very busy over the past month converting the former bridal floor into a dance studio complete with dance floor, bars, mirrors and changing room.

Alba School of Dance 228 High St Kirkcaldy (upstairs at Wilkies). Pictured: Lexi Grieve 11, Wilkies Store Manager Tracey Gamba, Stacey Walker and Alba Walker 10. Pic: Scott Louden.

“The studio will be used for all of our dance classes, introducing new classes to come. We also plan to hold holiday camps and allow other local bands to use the space for rehearsals.

“Having my own dance studio has always been my dream. My passion has always been to teach dance and inspire others and to have this opportunity and the success of Alba School of Dance is a great achievement and something something I’m very proud of.”

Alba School of Dance initially had 20 students and within the first five months membership doubled to 40 students.

Stacey said: “The studio will open for day one with ballet classes on Saturday. I am very happy to welcome our students and parents to our new dance house and would like

Alba School of Dance 228 High St Kirkcaldy (upstairs at Wilkies). Pictured: Lexi Grieve 11, Principal Stacey Walker and Alba Walker 10, before the studio opens this Saturday. Photo: Scott Louden.

would like to thank everyone involved in this project.

Karen Forret, owner and managing director of Wilkies, said she was delighted to welcome Alba School of Dance to the High Street building: “We have owned and traded our building here in Kirkcaldy’s high street since 1986, having bought Bogie’s which has traded from the same site since 1893, she said.

“Nearly 40 years later, we have evolved and changed with the changing needs of our customers and the ever-changing retail environment.

“Our building is just too big for what we need, and most of the upper floors have been unused for many years, so we are delighted to be able to rent the beautiful first floor space to Stacey.

“She transformed it beautifully and we wish her the best of luck.”

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