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Royal Academy dance professional opens Blackpool school

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A classical ballet dancer has realised her dream to open a ballet academy with the launch of her own new school at The Arena, Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Supported by Blackpool Council’s Get Started business service, Sarnai Byambadorj set up her new business following a career in the dance world.

Born in Mongolia and trained at Perm Ballet School, Russia, Sarnai performed for 16 years as a ballet soloist, is a fully qualified Royal Academy of Dance (London) registered teacher and has now been teaching for two years.

Sarnai, said: “I am a classically trained ballet dancer and spent six years as first soloist at the Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia before moving to Blackpool in 2001to join Stageworks productions. For the next 10 years I was a soloist performing in Eclipse and several of their prestigious productions.

“It has always been my dream to open my own academy and pass on my passion for ballet to a new generation. My goal is to deliver exciting and fun lessons to children to help inspire them, improve their physical well-being, school learning and concentration.

“Thanks to expert support from Blackpool Council’s Get Started team, I have gained vital knowledge as well as gained the confidence to open my business and make this venture a success for myself and my family.

“The team has supported me from day one and recently assisted with training on how to gain online and social media presence. It makes such a difference when you are a sole trader to know someone is there for you.”

Cllr Mark Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Economic Development, said: “Sarnai’s academy is providing another boost to the ever-growing creative scene in Blackpool. She has achieved her ambition to launch her own business which shows that it is possible to turn what you love doing in life into something that you can do for a living.

“The last twelve months has seen scores of people helped by the Get Started team. I would urge anyone thinking of setting up their own business to get in touch with them to see how they can help.