This first studio, named MCC Dance and Leisure centre, opened 1988 in a small church hall in Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull. It is at this early point that Martin & Carol were joined by Elaine as an assistant teacher, whilst Claire, Marie & Sarah all walked through the doors to join their first ever children’s’ class.
Within 6months, it was already apparent that a larger studio would be needed as class sizes where far exceeding capacity. By the end of ’88 the bulldozers were in, and construction on a new studio, Encore began. It was at this point that Jaqui Davis joined the team with her partner Mark Paton as well as there being another addition to the Cutler family, Jamie.
The Cutlers spent 15years at Encore, again reaching the point where class size began to exceed capactiy. This is when the ambitious venture of running both a competitive and social centre in two seperate studios on the same plot began. In October 2003 Martin and Carol’s school was again relocated, becoming the dancewarehouse. This move was originally meant to be temporary, but finding the location for the improved studio proved more difficult than expected being plagued with misfortunes and planning disputes. Despite this, the dream for the Cutlers never wavered, and finally, in January 2013 planning permission was granted to develop a New Dance Centre, open to all, offering all types of dance from Ballroom & Latin to Hip-Hop. The new centre, AURA Dance Studios, will be made up of three dance floors, one larger than any other specialist practice facility in the UK, the others providing great spaces for other styles of dance. There will also be outlets providing everything you could ever need, whilst facilities will exceed any expectations.
The studios are now COMPLETELY OPEN.