Dancers in bid for glory at world cup

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - KAREN BRIT­TON

ATEAM of ex­cited young dancers are look­ing for help in their bid for glory at the Dance World Cup.

Thirty-one dancers from the Hand­forth and Prest­bury School of Dance - now based in Macclesfield - have been picked to be part of Team Eng­land in the com­pe­ti­tion which fea­tures the best dancers from around the world.

Their proud teacher Michele Cheetham said the girls are ex­cited to be picked and to rep­re­sent Macclesfield on a world stage. One group of girls from the team will dance in a ballet cat­e­gory and there will be two groups per­form­ing mod­ern con­tem­po­rary dances.

But get­ting to the com­pe­ti­tion, tak­ing place in Bucharest in June, doesn’t come cheap. There are flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion and team track­suits to be paid for, among other things. The school wants all the girls to be able to go, as well as par­ents and sup­port­ers to get be­hind them in the con­test.

So they have be­gun a busy cam­paign of fundrais­ing to raise £10,000 to fund the trip, in­clud­ing bag pack­ing, col­lec­tions and a stall at Trea­cle Mar­ket.

The team is look­ing for busi­nesses to spon­sor them and any other help from the com­mu­nity to do­nate or help raise funds.

Michele, whose daugh­ter Aimee Ciara, 24, is a per­former and teacher at the school, said: “It’s amaz­ing to be picked for Team Eng­land.

“I was ap­proached by some­one from the team and sent videos of the dancers to the panel.

“The girls are so ex­cited, you should have seen their faces when we got the news.

“It’s amaz­ing to be picked to rep­re­sent the coun­try and it’s re­ally good for Macclesfield.

“It’s ex­pen­sive and we’re do­ing all we can, but would love to hear from any­one who can help.”

Michele started the school at Ford House in Prest­bury in 1983 and later opened branches at St Mary’s Church in Hand­forth and Dean Row Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Wilm­slow.

She con­verted premises at Dukes Court, Macclesfield, into a new stu­dio and moved the main base there last Novem­ber. Michele still keeps a branch at Dean Row and in Prest­bury.

She teaches ballet, tap, mod­ern, jazz and street dance among the styles.

Dave Jowle, from Bosley, whose daugh­ter Olivia, 12, is on the team, said: “There is so much hard work put in at the school to help all the dancers do well, it teaches them great dis­ci­pline.

“It would be great if some of the big­ger firms in Macclesfield could help out with spon­sor­ship.

“This is a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity for them.”

The Dance World Cup is from Sun­day, June 28 to Satur­day, July 4.

●● Dancers from Hand­forth and Prest­bury School of Dance, now based in Macclesfield, who are go­ing to dance in the Dance World Cup

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