A new dance school complex has been officially opened in Bideford.

Bideford mayor and mayoress Doug and Sheila Bushby with Louisa Hockin for the official opening of her new Louisa Hockin School of Performing Arts. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford mayor and mayoress Doug and Sheila Bushby with Louisa Hockin for the official opening of her new Louisa Hockin School of Performing Arts. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The new Louisa Hockin School of Performing Arts building was opened on Saturday (April 27) by the mayor and mayoress.

Louisa started her school last year at Bideford College but has now moved into her own purpose-built premises at Clovelly Road Industrial Estate.

The school teaches tap, ballet and modern alongside Acrobatic Arts, adult tap and tiny dancers, with more than 130 students and a waiting list.

It is the culmination of a childhood dream for Louisa, who grew up in Bideford but had a vision of a career as a professional dancer before setting up her own school.

Family and friends watching Louisa Hockin teaching different movements at the official opening of the new school building. Picture: Graham HobbsFamily and friends watching Louisa Hockin teaching different movements at the official opening of the new school building. Picture: Graham Hobbs

She has achieved that, travelling to London from age 12 for dance and musical theatre arts training, before gaining a placed aged 15 at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey.

After graduating she spent seven years at sea working as a professional dancer on cruise lines around the world.

Saturday's grand opening saw students giving dance demonstrations throughout the day.

Find out more at the Louisa Hockin School of Performing Arts Facebook page .