In 1903, Mr Cadman opened the doors of the original Cadmans Dance School in King Street, Stretford, Manchester, and was only the second dance school to be established in Manchester after Finnigans Dance School on Queen’s Road in Cheetham Hill.
Mr Cadman ran the dance school with the assistance of his daughter, Peggy. The school had mainly private and class teaching in the downstairs studios and held social dances in the upstairs ballroom. Following a successful run of the studio, Mr Cadman decided to move on to another chapter and put the school up for sale.
The sale of Cadmans Dance School was taken on By Vic Ladkin, who bought Cadmans Dance School from Mr Cadman himself. Mr Ladkin continued to run Cadmans Dance School under the name of its originator act the same premises. However redevelopment plans proposed for the area, the building which Cadmans Dance School was within was to be demolished for redevelopment. Following this unfortunate news, Cadmans Dance School had to be relocated, which prompted a move to its current location at the Stanway Buildings on Ashfield Road in Sale as Cadmans Dance Centre.
Mr Ladkin continued to run Cadmans Dance Centre until his death in 1968. Following Mr Ladkins death Cadmans Dance Centre was taken over by Geoffrey and Betty Morris who also had another Dance School in Barrow. Geoffrey and Betty successfully ran Cadmans Dance Centre for 23 years, being one of the more innovating dance schools, introducing dance classes for new trends such as Saturday Night Fever and Northern Soul. Dance exams and competitions were also a large part of the school with many students participating in county, national and international competitions. Ultimately following the death of Geoffrey Morris, Betty Morris was to remain as Principle of Cadmans Dance Centre.
In 1991, professional dancer Wayne Newhouse approached Mrs Morris in regard to selling Cadmans Dance Centre, and following negotiation, Wayne Newhouse was to be the new owner and principle of Cadmans Dance Centre.
Wayne who already owned Connections Dance School in Levenshulme, Manchester, had a wealth of experience following his previous competitive dancing career and teacher mentoring from one of the ‘Greats’ of the dance world, Bob Dale. With these skills Wayne built the school in to a thriving part of the Sale community, teaching all styles of dance, Ballroom, Latin American, Commercial, Salsa, Tap, Ballet as well as fitness classes in Zumba, Bokwa and Fitsteps. Wayne also introduced other competitive opportunities through the ‘Supadance League’ where schools competed against one another from around the country. Cadmans Dance Centre was successfully ran by Wayne Newhouse for 27 years, however after teaching dance for over 30 years, it was time to move on to new things and allow the next generation of principles to continue to success of Cadmans Dance Centre.
In April 2017, Victoria Bennett & Christopher Millward bought Cadmans Dance Centre from Wayne Newhouse following initial discussions in 2016. Both Victoria and Christopher have a wealth of knowledge and energy to input in to the future of Cadmans Dance Centre and are excited to bring new and exciting times for the future of Cadmans dance Centre.
Victoria began dancing at Cadmans Dance Centre when she was a small child in 1990 and had been teaching in the studio for 15 years. Victoria originally attended the classes as a young child, participating in the Ballroom and Latin American Classes. Following which she took her medals and then competed from the school in county and national competitions. This then progressed in the to open competitive scene where Victoria would continue to dance nationally and internationally representing her Country in many prestigious competitions.
Christopher came from a back ground of dancers through his parents and grand parents before. Originally from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, Christopher began dancing at a young age.