Butterflies was founded in 1999 by Rachel and Hannah Whiston. The school has grown from strength to strength over the years and continues to develop and advance for the benefit of its students. The school continues to be friendly and family focussed, creating a safe and warm environment for students to develop their dance skills and confidence.
We aim to provide a safe and friendly environment, where students of all ages and abilities can learn and develop their talents in all aspects of Performing Arts. To create a positive and warm setting in which to encourage individual passion and spirit for the arts.
Purchased in 2007, the former police cells were maintained by Butterflies and used for storage until 2014 when planning was granted to demolish the site and rebuild our purpose-built state of the art performance centre. We aim to facilitate new and old classes for all ages and abilities in a comfortable, safe and inspiring setting. Set back from the road, in the heart of the thriving town of Thirsk, we boast a safe and inviting entrance, welcoming you day and night. The building is up-to-date with the latest in safety technology and fire systems to ensure the comfort and reassurance of all our customers. There are plenty of available parking spaces only a short distance away. Disabled parking is available on site by request; please contact us to facilitate the use of this space.
The facilities include purpose-designed dance studios, acoustic live lounge, wardrobe, dressing room and a quiet study area for those working on exams with Butterflies. Please see the Gallery for more information and photos.