DANCE teacher Katy Bradbury is taking the quick step to growing her business.
Nineteen-year-old Katy, who runs KT Dance Academy, has become the first young entrepreneur in Huddersfield to land a £5,000 grant for her business from the Kirklees Youth Enterprise Centre.
Katy, who lives at Birkby, will also get mentoring from the owner of an established dance school in Bury to help her develop her business further.
The former Huddersfield Grammar School pupil impressed a seven-strong panel when she pitched her business idea at a Dragon’s Den-style event at Netherhall Learning Campus in Rawthorpe.
Katy opened KT Dance Academy in February and now holds regular classes for about 60 pupils at Lindley Methodist Church. Her sister Olivia, 17, is supporting Katy as a teaching assistant.
Said Katy: “I started dancing when I was three and have done lots of dance competitions and amateur shows in Huddersfield and Leeds.
“I also attended Centre Point Dance School and Vocational College in Manchester.
“I took my dance teacher qualifications in ballet, tap and modern and did some professional dancing and teaching. It was then I decided to set up my own business.”
Kirklees Youth Enterprise Centre provided guidance as Katy drew up her business plan before she made her bid for funding with a 15-minute presentation to the “dragons”.
She said the £5,000 was likely to go towards marketing her dance academy more widely, buying equipment such as ballet bars and setting up a computerised records management system.
She said: “Longer term, I’m looking to find more permanent premises in the Lindley area, run more classes and introduce lots of dance styles, such as contemporary, street and zumba as well as running classes for fun and fitness.”
Kirklees Youth Enterprise Centre offers grants of up to £5,000 for people aged 14 to 19 with strong business ideas.
The centre, based at the Creative and Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus, is backed with £4.9m from the European Regional Development Fund and the Department of Education.