A PRICE hike in community centre fees has led a Port Talbot stage school — famous for reaching the final of Britain's Got Talent twice — to search for a new rehearsal venue.
Dance groups Nu Sxool and Pre-skool both made it into the finals of the popular ITV talent show over the past two years.
But their stage school — TDM — is looking to find a cheaper venue, due to price increases made by Neath Port Talbot Council.
Terry Michael, who runs the school, said after holding classes at Mozart Drive Community Centre in Sandfields for 15 years, they are looking to move.
"We have watched the rent rise for the past four to five years and it has risen quite a lot this year," he said.
"It works out an additional £200 every month, which is quite a lot.
"We want to keep the costs as low as possible for the parents.
"We have been looking to buy our own studio, but we can't find anywhere big enough in our budget.
"We have so many children. We have three to four groups all happening at the same time."
Mr Michael said when they are rehearsing for a television performance, costs increase further.
"When we do TV shows we rehearse five days a week and the cost goes up," he said. "If we hire out somewhere else as well — like we hire out the Naval Club — that is an additional £75."
The council's head of partnerships and community development, Russell Ward, said: "The budget cuts handed down to Neath Port Talbot Council have required a thorough examination of all spending and revenue sources, including community centre fees.
"Under the new pricing structure TDM Stage School would continue to benefit from discounted room hire charges, rather than the standard commercial rate normally applied to private enterprises."