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Toddlers’ Noisy Tap Lessons Stopped by Irate Hair Salon Owners


Tap-dance lessons for children have been banned in the British town of Keighley, West Yorkshire, by a council responding to complaints that the children’s tapping feet made the mirrors shake in a hairdressing salon downstairs, according to London’s Daily Mirror.

The Saturday classes had been running since before the hairdresser business opened, but the classes for “under-fives” have now been barred. Staff from Bradford Council had monitored the noise levels following a complaint about the Irene Ogden School of Dancing.

Officials ruled the vibrations from the classes, in a room above the Goddess Beauty Salon and Freedom Hair Design, were unlawful. “It’s absolutely crazy. We were there before the hair salon,” said the school’s principal, Katherine Hickman.

“My problem is with the council. They want small businesses to keep going but they’re not actually encouraging us. If we want children to keep fit, and to give them things to do, where do we go if people can’t put up with a bit of noise?” Hickman said.

The studio has been used for dancing since the 1960s and the Irene Ogden classes began in 2009. The tap classes for children ages 5 and under, and ballet for 3- to 8-year-olds, are still allowed at the studio when the salon is closed on weekday evenings.

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