A north-east dance academy has opened a new purpose-builf studio after transforming disused industrial units in an Aberdeenshire town.
The Leanne MacVeigh Dance Academy has opened a new premises in Alford to meet growing demand for places.
The Insch-based school has expanded as a result of a recent cash injection, which helped cover the costs of converting the units on Station Yard into a contemporary dance studio.
Leanne MacKay, owner of the academy, said she had been struggling to grow the enterprise because hiring village halls to stage classes proved a costly exercise.
She said: “I was granted a fund match loan of £37,000 and that money, along with my savings invested, has meant I have been able to turn two industrial units into an amazing dance studio complete with waiting room, cloakroom, toilets and small kitchenette.
“Having my own dance studio means that I am now able to add the additional classes for the children who have been on waiting lists, and generate more income from the addition of studio hire and parties.
“The studio will also create a safe and welcoming environment that my students can call a home from home.”
With the works now complete, Ms MacKay is now able to welcome her students to the facility to learn ballet, tap and musical theatre.
The business was established in 2013, and secured £37,000 from Business Loans Scotland for the development.