The Karen Shiel School of Dance first opened on 14th February 1998 at All Saints Church Hall, Penshaw. Pupil numbers quickly grew and in July 2001 we moved to Shiney Row where the growth and reputation continued, in November 2007 we again needed more space so we moved to a bigger studio just across the road at 1 Westbourne Terrace, where we now have a large main studio as well as 3 smaller studios, waiting area with tuck shop, kitchen, separate boys and girls changing areas and office/costume department.
We offer recognised BTDA qualifications in tap, modern jazz, ballet, lyrical and acro dance as well as medal examinations in all of these subjects and also song and dance. We are a member of the NCDTA and run medal tests for freestyle disco. We regularly enter competitions in both theatre dance and freestyle disco. Our Shiney Stars Freestyle dancers are members of A.D.F.P. Our pupils perform each year in two shows produced by Shiel productions one of which takes place the Sunderland Empire, and also in many smaller productions. We offer a friendly family run dance school where everyone is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential.