A new branch of a successful dance school will be opening in the district.

Hip Hop Pop has 19 branches around London, Hertfordshire and Essex, with the latest opening at Ninefields Community Centre in Waltham Abbey on March 5.

The class will be taught by Harley Middleton, 22, who grew up in the area, living in Chequers Walk and Honey Lane, and who learnt to dance with the company when she was younger.

She said: “I can't wait to pass on my love and knowledge for dance to the children growing up where I did.

“I have danced from the age of five and it all started in Waltham Abbey.

“I noticed there wasn't a school specialising in Hip Hop in the Abbey and thought what a great place to start.”

Harley has performed in a variety of shows, including one of Europe’s best selling Michael Jackson shows, Forever Jackson, which has taken her all over the UK as well as Barcelona.

Hip Hop Pop owner, Jenny Bater, said: “The kids get so much out of it which is great to see.

“They have fun, they get fit and they get more self-confidence.”

The classes will cater for all abilities for anyone aged six to sixteen and priced between £5 and £6.

For more information email harley@hiphoppop.co.uk or visit www.hiphoppop.co.uk/wabbey