Dance teacher dies, 91

Leslie Collinson, one of the Principals of the Sheffield School of Dancing, who has died aged 91
Leslie Collinson, one of the Principals of the Sheffield School of Dancing, who has died aged 91

ONE of Sheffield’s best-known dance teachers, Les Collinson, has died at the age of 91.

Born Walter Lesley Collinson but known to everyone as Les, his parents Walter and Violet founded the Sheffield School of Dancing on Wilkinson Street before it moved to Hanover Square in the 1930s.

Originally from Crookes, he attended Firth Park Grammar School and was encouraged to follow in his father’s footsteps at the dance school.

He later became a secondary school teacher, spending more than 20 years as senior master at Chaucer Comprehensive School, from where he retired in 1982. but continued to teach dance. He also wrote a book - Tackle Ballroom Dancing This Way - in 1962.

Les, who lived at Nether Green until shortly before his death, leaves a daughter, Annie, and grandson, David.

The funeral was at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Tuesday.