Rebecca Hills of Hills School of Irish Dance, the only Irish dance school in Bath takes us through her top Bath tips in our Kids of Bath Q & A… let’s find out what gets her toes a tappin’!

Website: www.hillsdanceandfitness.co.uk

Where are you based and what do you do?

We are an Irish dance school, based at Weston Methodist Church and The Gateway Centre.

We have brought Irish dance to Bath and have created a large family of dancers over the 3 years we have been open.  We have weekly classes and perform regularly around Bath, we love working closely with Bath Folk Festival and other schools to show off our passion for dance.

What inspired you to start your business?

I love working with children and find their enthusiasm and drive to learn so inspiring! I danced for 17 years previously and had always loved the idea of opening a dance school, but never had the confidence to actually get it going – my friend always used to nag me about teaching her little girl to dance! (One of the girls in the photo after she won first place!).  It wasn’t until my old dance friends and I arranged a memorial dance show for my childhood teacher that I knew the time was right.

All of my old dance team now have classes and it’s such an honour to know we all started as part of the same group… even if our dancers are now competing against each other!

What do you love about running a business in Bath?

I love how ‘arty’ Bath is! We work very closely with the Bath Folk Festival and, as the only Irish dance school in Bath, we are always very well received whenever we perform.

You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?

I’m more of a ‘picnic in the park’ kind of a girl, I love to sit down by the river and watch the world go by.

Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch?

Boston Tea Party on Alfred Street is pretty chilled out, great for a brainstorm!

Which bar do you head to after a tough day?

As an Irish dancer, I love to go to The Star on a Friday for their Irish session night.  And when I’m not in dance mode, Barton Street Wine is a beautiful place to relax.

Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?

It has to be the lovely Cristina, La Flamenquita! She runs flamenco classes in Bath, and is a massive part of the Dance Days that we run, she is always a burst of energy!

What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?

Research your audience, and make friends! Bath has such an amazing variety of people, many of which love to be involved with new projects and help each other out! (I’m always on the look out for new dance groups to be part of our activity days!)

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