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Tameside Advertiser - - MANCHESTER MATTERS/BE PROUD -

DANCE com­pany pro­vid­ing af­ford­able com­mu­nity classes are hop­ing to hot step to a new venue in south Manch­ester.

Dance group or­gan­iser Michael De­lany is in talks with The Dan­de­lion Com­mu­nity, in Wythen­shawe, to find a venue suit­able to hold the dance ses­sions.

Michael – newly res­i­dent to Wythen­shawe - aims to help young peo­ple build con­fi­dence and self-es­teem through dance and per­form­ing arts.

Michael’s com­mu­nity work has pre­vi­ously seen him nom­i­nated as young achiever of the year in Manch­ester coun­cil’s Be Proud awards.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of danc­ing along­side a young per­son with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in­spired Michael to start his own dance com­pany.

Michael re­al­ized that some peo­ple may need ex­tra help and at­ten­tion in learn­ing rou­tines that other classes in the area were un­able to pro­vide.

Hav­ing se­cured fund­ing of £1,000 from a lo­cal char­ity the dance group has been able to pur­chase spe­cial­ist light­ing and cos­tume.

The ses­sions are in­tended to be af­ford­ably priced and cost be­tween 50p and £1.50 for up to four hours of dance – mak­ing them eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

Michael de­votes care and at­ten­tion to his stu­dents and finds the re­sults of his hard work ex­tremely re­ward­ing.

Michael said: “My great­est achieve­ment so far has been work­ing with a young girl who – when she first joined our classes – had a ma­jor bal­ance is­sue and was un­able to stand, with­out sup­port, on one leg. We pro­vided in­ten­sive one to one ses­sions in tech­nique, train­ing her leg mus­cles. In six months her bal­ance had im­proved dramatically and she is now able to con­fi­dently stand on one leg.”

If you are in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved con­tact Michael via MJ’s Dance Roy­ton on Face­book.

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