She suffered a terrifying ordeal.

But brave Chloe Knapton, who was left scarred and her confidence shattered after a vicious bottle attack last April, took it in her stride - and is ready to get on with the rest of her life.

Chloe, 22, of Honley, has set up her own dance school for children and young adults with special needs - and the first class takes place at the village’s Phoenix Squash Club on Eastgate from September 7.

She was left with facial and bodily scars after a bottle was thrown at her through her car window by Andrew Shires in April 2015.

But undeterred by the frightening event, keen dancer Chloe hopes her business Rising Stars will help others realise their talents.

“I’ve already begun some lessons,” said Chloe.

“I had some taster sessions, which went well, so before the school holidays began I was running one musical theatre class for over 12s and three to fives and a funky dance class.

Video Loading

“The older ones have been learning Mamma Mia and the younger ones, Frozen.

“In the funky dance class, we do dances to popular chart music like Bruno Mars.

“We’ve broken up over summer because there are so many good holiday groups for the pupils but I’ve got people who’ll be returning in September who come from quite far away, including Cleckheaton.

“One parent said that they’d not heard of anything like what I’m doing.”

Chloe, who used to work at a mainstream dance school, said her young cousin was the inspiration behind her new venture.

She said: “My nine-year-old cousin Poppy inspired me. She loves dancing.

“Also, I care for a couple of other people and just thought that there was a gap in the market for this.

“It’s really rewarding for both the dancers and myself.

“It’s not just dance that we’ll be doing.

“For the first half of each session I will be focusing on improving their balance, strength and flexibility.

“I hope that when everything has got going properly we’ll be able to work towards planning some performances in spring.”

Holmfirth man Andrew Shires, 37, was given a suspended jail term for his attack on Chloe, who was in a car behind her friend on their way home from an evening out.

Andrew Shires given suspended sentence for his attack on Chloe Knapton
Andrew Shires given suspended sentence for his attack on Chloe Knapton

Her ordeal happened in New Road, Netherthong, when Shires, 37, threw the bottle at her side window.

In addition to her facial injuries requiring stitches to her lips and around her nose, she had a deep cut to her shoulder and a deep wound to her neck.

She spent three days in hospital before being allowed home.

• Chloe’s classes are at 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10am on Saturdays. Tuesday’s sessions will be held at the Play Palace in Halifax.