In 1977, 180 Dance Club (now ‘180 Dance & Fitness Centre’) opened its doors on Elliott Street in Tyldesley teaching classes in Ballroom & Latin American Dancing for all ages. From there, Disco/Freestyle Dancing was introduced with great success, and we later introduced Salsa, Argentine Tango, Ballet & Tap, Streetdance, Musical Theatre and various Fitness classes to contribute to the extensive portfolio of Dance Styles that you see available!!
Today, we run a full programme of classes and private lessons to suit both the social dancer and competitors alike, from complete Beginners through to experienced Championship dancers, with many of our competitors achieving top titles throughout the UK and the World.
Since 2007, Joanne and Donna have joined the Team as Principles of the School and are now able to offer; an increased Programme of Classes, Children’s Parties, Special Events & Functions and School Holiday Clubs; all delivered by ’180’s’ fantastic team of experienced Instructors.
Joanne, an Associate Member of the IDTA, Licentiate Member of the Allied and licensed Adjudicator and Scrutineer with the BDC, joined 180 as a full time Instructor in 2003 having spent her childhood training in Ballroom and Latin American at 180. As a child, she competed in many national and international competitions in Ballroom & Latin making finals at an International level.
Upon finishing University, she now specialises in Ballroom and Latin American, including Argentine Tango and Salsa, training dancers of all levels from beginners through to competitors and trainee teachers.
In 2007, Joanne became joint Principal of 180 and continues to work and grow the opportunities available at the school.
Nigel & Janice Horrocks
Founder Nigel, later joined by wife Janice, opened the doors to the '180 Dance Club' in October 1977, starting out as a mainly as a school of Ballroom & Latin American Dance. Very quickly, the school established itself as a popular addition to Tyldesley and they took on additional Instructors to expand the number and style of classes available.
With the additional popularity of Saturday Night Fever and Disco Dancing, the school went from strength to strength, expanding to include many other styles of dance.
Over the years, Nigel and Janice have lead the school through numerous shows, competitions, performances, examinations and also many functions and do's at external venues as well as at the 180 Club!
In 2007, Nigel & Janice started to move into semi-retirement, finally stepping down fully in 2017.
Donna, a Licentiate Member of the IDTA and licensed Adjuducator and Scrutineer with the BDC, joined 180 as an Instructor in 1998 after attending and training at 180 from a young age.
After retiring from competing and winning multiple titles in both National and International Competitions in Freestyle Dance, Donna has trained dancers from Beginners through to Premier Champ competitors. In addition to this, Donna also specialises in Streetdance, Slowdance and Rock'n'Roll, as well as Burlesque for adults.
In 2007, Donna became joint Principal of 180 and she currently trains dancers of all levels from complete beginners to trainee teachers.
Meet the Instructors & Support Team
Ballroom & Latin American, Salsa, Argentine Tango