A DANCER who has taken over the reins of Maskerades is gearing up for its re-opening.

Ellie Montanaro, who runs Forza Studios of the Performing Arts in Llandudno, took over the former dance and fancy dress shop from Anwyn Hemming and partner Jeremy earlier this year.

The 32-year-old has rebranded the venue as Lemon Dance and Fitness.

A re-opening day is being held on Sunday, September 8 between 2pm and 5pm.

The public will be able to look around the new studios and dancewear shop, view renovations and obtain information about classes.

Ellie said: "I am very excited for the students to see the work we've carried out. We have created a second studio and updated the shop, which is now specialising in dancewear.

"We hope everyone benefits from the renovations and that we have created an inspiring place to dance and keep fit.

"It has taken a lot of hard work. We've had various specialist contractors involved and lots of help from family and friends."

Ellie, a former Ysgol Aberconwy pupil, who lives in Glan Conwy, trained in Musical Theatre at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre. She gained her teaching qualification through the Imperial Society for the teachers of dance, has worked on cruise ships and started Forza in 2016 with just five students.

Speaking about her new venture, she said: "I've known Maskerades since I was a child.

"I've taken classes there and it's where I had my first pair of dance shoes at the age of two.

"I want to create a modern feel with all the facilities that you can get in larger city studios such as Manchester, Liverpool and London as I feel there are so many talented dancers and performers in North Wales that would benefit from great facilities."

Lemon Dance and Fitness is located on Albert Street. Dance classes start back the week beginning September 9.