Bal­let bees buzz with ex­cite­ment New class for young­sters with dis­abil­i­ties

East Kilbride News - - NEWS -

An­drea O’Neill

A dance school with a dif­fer­ence launches in East Kilbride this week­end.

The first of its kind in Scot­land, Bal­let Bees will pro­vide bal­let dance tu­ition for chil­dren with ad­di­tional sup­port needs and life-lim­it­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions.

Started by a group of lo­cal mums in con­junc­tion with fundrais­ing char­ity Buddy’s Field, Bal­let Bees will pro­vide an in­clu­sive com­mu­nity giv­ing chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties and ill­nesses such as can­cer, the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy bal­let-style dance along­side their friends.

Mum Su­sanne Bo­gan told the News: “When my daugh­ter Emma turned five I started look­ing for a dance class for her and could not find a main­stream dance class in East Kilbride that would take her, and no dis­abil­ity classes were avail­able.

“Un­for­tu­nately, there was noth­ing in Scot­land. One of a kind

“Two years later I came across Flamingo Chicks which was ab­so­lutely per­fect with the ex­cep­tion of be­ing based in Bris­tol.

“Shortly af­ter this I 010417bal­let­bees_02

ap­proached Buddy’s Field and asked if they could help start a class here. Fi­nally, with the sup­port of Mag­pie Dance, we are do­ing ex­actly that.

“Our class will be called Bal­let Bees and will be open to all chil­dren, able-bod­ied, dis­abled and those with med­i­cal con­di­tions such as can­cer.

“Our vi­sion is a world where dis­abled peo­ple have the same range of op­por­tu­ni­ties, and a cul­ture of in­te­grated so­cial and well­be­ing ac­tiv­ity, where ev­ery­one works to­gether as equals.”

Bal­let Bees first class is this Satur­day at 2pm in St Mark’s Church, The Mur­ray. Classes cost £7.50. Su­sanne added: “Once word spreads we ex­pect de­mand to be high as there is no other dance class like this avail­able and we hope to add many more classes not just in East Kilbride but sur­round­ing ar­eas also.”

The group are aim­ing to raise £5000 through their JustGiv­ing page for set up costs and are ap­peal­ing for dance teach­ers and vol­un­teers to get in touch.

Bal­let Bees can be con­tacted on Face­book, Twit­ter @ bal­let­bees or via email at bal­let­

Bal­let Bees launches in East Kilbride this Satur­day

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