It was while attending Meersbrook Bank Junior School that Miss Perry had the ambition of having her own dance school called 'The Sylvaine School of Dance', the name combining both her first names: Sylvia and Elaine.

The Sylvaine School of Dance was founded in November 1967 when Miss Perry, the Principal, opened the school at the Meersbrook vestry hall. Twelve little girls attended the first lesson.

Over the years a huge number of girls, boys and adults have attended the school and many pupils have progressed into teaching and professional dance careers.

The Sylvaine School of Dance always prides itself on being a very friendly school.