Harpenden woman's 40 years of dance

PUBLISHED: 16:13 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 May 2010

Kate Penny has been teaching Scottish country dancing in Harpenden since 1969

Kate Penny has been teaching Scottish country dancing in Harpenden since 1969

HUNDREDS of students have learned Scottish country dancing through the efforts of Kate Penny. So when she notched up 40 years of teaching, Kate found herself very much in the limelight at a celebration at Rothamsted Sports Club earlier this month. The gat

HUNDREDS of students have learned Scottish country dancing through the efforts of Kate Penny.

So when she notched up 40 years of teaching, Kate found herself very much in the limelight at a celebration at Rothamsted Sports Club earlier this month.

The gathering included members of her classes and many former students, some of whom had travelled a long way for the event.

Kate has been teaching Scottish dance in Harpenden and the surrounding area since 1969 and has trained over 1,200 students and 500 children in that time. Born in Glasgow, she started dancing at the age of four and when she was 13, the family moved to England where she continued to dance and train for the profession.

Kate started with the Harpenden Further Education Centre - now Oaklands College - in 1969 but when the town's campus closed, she went freelance and now has studios around Harpenden where she continues to teach.

She is a Life Member of both the Imperial Society and the United Kingdom Alliance and is involved in many aspects of dance.

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