Court School of Dancing (Eccles)

The Court School of Dancing was above the Broadway cinema in Eccles, now demolished and Morrisons car park!

David - 6/6/11

Myself (Jim Costello), Keith Roberts and Brian Timms were instructors at the CSOD for a while along, with Bill and Chriss Shedwick. Happy times.

Jim Costello - 15/10/11

What wonderful times I had at The Court! I well remember two lovely ladies who I shared time with for a while - Christina H and Lynda S, both of whom I was greatly in love with. 'Course, I was silly and lost them both. Thanks to you both if you are reading this ladies - and Lynda, I still have Simon Teddy!

Bernard Morris - 28/10/11

I used to go to the Court School of Dancing in Blackburn over Burtons Shop. Happy memories of modern and latin american dancing as well as singles dances like the slobber, the slosh, alley cat, the stroll etc.
A good place to meet friends.

Sheila Clem - 28/10/11

I used to be a dance teacher at the Court School of Dancing at Ardwick Green in Manchester M12 and although I never actually attended the Court School of Dancing in Eccles as a pupil member, I was booked to dance there on a couple of occasions to give a Latin American dem! (demonstration).

It came about with an idea I had, in early 1973, of a few of us on the teaching staff getting together and putting on a show for the pupil members. We called ourselves "THE COURTETTS" and set about rehearsing a number of routines. We initially cobbled together some of costumes (you won't believe the photographic evidence I have) but as we got more serious (and more bookings) we got one of the members to run up some proper cat suites for the lads and Latin dresses for the girls. 

As we secured more bookings our routine went from dancing the Rumba and jive in our first sfew hows, eventually to doing all five dances (Paso Doble, Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba and Jive, in later dems. Initially there were six of us coached by Pam Garrity, we were Tony, Dave, Andrew, Annette, Shirley and Phyllis. We were unfortunatelly reduced to four after one of our girls died tragically in a road accident.

Our (female) line-up changed over the years and it later dropped down to just two of us, myself and my final partner Jean. We ended up going to Roy and Brenda Twigg for our pro dem lessons until we too, split and went our own separate ways within the dance business.

I understand one or two photos were taken of us over the years and if any one has any copies they could show or send me; I would love to see them.

Us three lads (we are still in touch) all met and married our wives at the Court Schools of dancing and I remember on one of our "Staff Hikes" in the countryside, one of the husbands turned to me and said, "Courtney Castle (the founder) just doesn't know what he has started!!!"

Lots has happed to us all over the years and I could write a very thick book about it (which I might do one day) but my children dpresently don't believe a word of it when I tell them but in the meantime a couple of photos from any of you out there would not go amis!

Many thanks and best wishes,

Tony Zajac - Dance Teacher (formerly at) The Court School of Dancing, Ardwick Green - 14/2/12 

I own the Court School of Dancing Eccles with my wife Barbara. We have been at the Irlam Conservative Club for the past 20 years running as the - have a look at the website - it will be reverting back to after March 2013.

The Irlam Conservative Club is up for auction around the 11th March so we are relocating back to Eccles at the Masonic Hall on Thursday 14th March with a Country line dance class at 7.30pm followed by a new beginners class for ballroom at 9pm.

We are also at the Cadishead Conservative Club on Monday 11th March for linedancing at 8pm and also for Social dancing starting 8.45pm Sunday 17th March with a sequence dance instruction at 7.30pm .

We would love to see any of our old members at our new venues especially at Eccles at our new startup, I was trained by Barbara at Eccles & we were there from 1962 to 1993 when the premises was pulled down for the metro.

Thats when we went to Irlam and lost track of a lot of our friends who used to come from as far as even Blackpool. I took over management at the Court Blackburn and then transferred to the Court Wigan after training someone else to manage Blacburn. After the Court at Wigan closed I returned to Eccles where Barbara & I got married & eventually bought the business off Mr Courteney Castles son who owned 32 schools around the country.

At one time we were the largest Dance School Organisation in Britain .We hope to hear from some of you soon.

Bill Benson - 5/3/13

The Court School of Dancing no longer exsists as my Beautiful Wife BARBARA passed over to that Special place everyone knows as HEAVEN TO CONTINUE ON HER JOURNEY OF LIGHT on 23rd June 2013 As everyone who attended the school will know & understand BARBARA WAS THE COURT SCHOOL OF DANCING ECCLES so without BARBARA there can never be a COURT SCHOOL OF DANCING ECCLES therefore I have now closed the business & moved to Australia to live with my Brother GED & his wonderful partner KATHY and I take BARBARA with me in my heart everywhere I go. BARBARA WILL BE WITH ME FOR ALL ETERNITY I LOVE HER SO VERY MUCH & ALWAYS WILL .

Bill Benson - 27/8/13


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