Tanya Walker, 42, from West Boldon, plans to convert the former United Reform Church on Front Street, East Boldon, into a brand new studio as she transfers her business Miss Fit Dance and Fitness to the new location.
The instructor, who has been teaching fitness for 17 years, says she has been looking for the ‘perfect’ location for a new studio for around 10 years.
Before buying the old church, she moved from different church halls to teach her fitness classes.
“I’ve only just managed to get hold of the keys, so it’s been a long process but it’s beautiful, really gorgeous. We’re going to keep a lot of the internal work, it’s stunning.”
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Renovation work is now set to begin and will take several months.
She added: “This is something I’ve dreamed about and it’s finally becoming a reality. I have an incredible following, who are just as excited as me.
“I can’t wait to get started and for everything to fall into place. My family, including my dad, have heard me talking about this dream of having a studio for years, so I hope that he is proud of me.”