Miss M M Stichling, Dancing Teacher, Stafford

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Date:October 1950

Description:Miss M M Stichling celebrates her 40th year as a Dancing Teacher with her Studio School, which was Stafford’s oldest established Dancing School. She is pictured with some of her pupils.

Miss Stichling first started to teach dancing in Bednall and Brocton and then opened her school in 1910, giving lessons at the Old Assembly Rooms then the Siemen’s Institute, mostly to employees of Siemen’s Works. She taught ballet, tap dancing, old-time ballroom dancing, Greek dancing and musical comedy. In later years Miss Stichling taught ‘Ballet in Education’ a system introduced by the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD). This system taught children dancing, the history of the countries from where the dances originated and described the costumes of the peasants of the countries concerned. She also conducted the ‘Ballet in Education’ lessons at the County Technical School. Miss Stichling’s assistant Miss Hutchinson was an advanced member of the RAD.

Miss Stichling was well known for the great work she did for charitable causes. She raised thousands of pounds in the town through concerts and performances by her pupils at garden parties and Christmas parties. When the new operating theatre was built at the Staffordshire General Infirmary at the end of the First World War, Miss Stichling’s name was third on the list of subscribers as a result of money raised by concerts given by her pupils.

This photograph was published in the Staffordshire Newsletter on Saturday 7 October 1950. Reproduced by kind permission of the Staffordshire Newsletter who retain copyright.

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