Fundraiser will keep dancers on their toes

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A group of young dancers on Ar­ran are hop­ing for a good turnout at their an­nual fundraiser, which gen­er­ates much needed funds to keep the group afloat and to be able to con­tinue with their free lessons.

The Ar­ran Dancers, who meet weekly dur­ing term time at the Ar­ran High School dance stu­dio, will be host­ing their fundraiser at Lam­lash Church Hall to­day, Satur­day, be­tween noon and 3pm.

On of­fer in ad­di­tion to the usual cof­fee, tea and home­bak­ing and face paint­ing, there will also be a num­ber of stalls of­fer­ing in­ter­est­ing things to see and do. Among them will be Made on Ar­ran by Alisa, The Wee Gem Shop, Mummy made this stuff, Sea spray de­signs, Earth threads, Emma’s teeth whiten­ing, Kara­bell de­signs, For­ever beau­ti­ful, Drift­ing on air and the big Co-op.

The club has pre­vi­ously faced clo­sure ow­ing to the loss of an in­struc­tor who moved to the main­land. How­ever, they were lucky enough to se­cure the ser­vices of an­other pro­fes­sional in­struc­tor who has helped to en­sure that the chil­dren are able to con­tinue with their lessons – which many of them have been at­tend­ing since they were tod­dlers.

Or­gan­iser Jill McKil­lop said: ‘Our classes are Royal Academy of Dance ap­proved, and carry ed­u­ca­tional points, so the chil­dren are par­tic­u­larly keen on con­tin­u­ing with their graded ex­ams.

‘We are for­tu­nate that we are able to make use of the high school dance stu­dio as there is no other venue that is avail­able at the re­quired times, but it does mean that we are not al­lowed to charge pupils to help cover costs.

‘This does put a strain on us to cover teach­ing and equip­ment costs so this fundraiser is vi­tal for us.’

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the bal­let or mod­ern dance classes is wel­come to con­tact the club at ar­ran­dancers@ya­

Classes range from pre-pri­mary to high school and are de­signed to teach age spe­cific move­ment, co-or­di­na­tion and ex­pres­sion, not to men­tion be­ing good fun and ben­e­fi­cial to health and hap­pi­ness.

The young Ar­ran Dancers demon­strate their skills.

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