Baby bal­let stars

Stockport Express - - Front Page - EMMA CURRY

BA­BIES and tod­dlers in The Heatons and Chea­dle took part in a danceathon for char­ity.

The tots from dance school baby­bal­let danced with chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion char­ac­ter Peppa Pig dur­ing their weekly class to raise funds for baby char­ity Tommy’s.

The young­sters, aged six months to six years – from the baby­bal­let Dids­bury, The Heatons, Sale and Chea­dle school – joined forces with tots across the coun­try to take part in danceathons.

Events were held at Stu­dio 17, Egerton Road South, Heaton Moor and East Dids­bury Methodist Church, Parrs Wood Road, Dids­bury. Around 480 chil­dren in four age group classes took part from the school and were spon­sored to take part in five chal­lenges, go­ing on an imag­i­nary jour­ney with Peppa from their class­room to a tea party.

They prac­ticed point­ing their toes, gal­lop­ing, jump­ing, bal­anc­ing and count­ing – and were able to have their pic­ture taken with Peppa at the end

To­gether the 24,000 baby­bal­let tots across the UK aim to raise £500,000 to help fund Tommy’s re­search into mis­car­riage, still­birth and pre­ma­ture birth.

Dance teacher and ex­pro­fes­sional dancer Laura Wright, who has run baby­bal­let Dids­bury, The Heatons, Sale and Chea­dle for five-and-a-half years, said: “We were all re­ally ex­cited to be tak­ing part in Tommy’s danceathon.

“We held the danceathon two years ago and it was a huge suc­cess and raised £7,642, so are hop­ing to beat that this year.

“The at­mos­phere was amaz­ing. The chil­dren had to com­plete five chal­lenges in class, which they all did so well.

“They loved the Peppa Pig theme and hav­ing pic­tures with Peppa after com­plet­ing their chal­lenges.”

Tommy’s funds four re­search cen­tres in the UK that in­ves­ti­gate causes and treat­ments for mis­car­riage, still­birth and pre­ma­ture birth. Its team of mid­wives also of­fers ad­vice and sup­port for prospec­tive par­ents to help them have a healthy preg­nancy and a healthy baby.

Jane Brewin, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Tommy’s, said: “Danceathon is a great way for mums and dads to in­volve their lit­tle ones in a good cause.

“Tommy’s re­lies on the gen­eros­ity and hard work of its sup­port­ers like baby­bal­let to con­tinue its pi­o­neer­ing re­search to pre­vent preg­nancy com­pli­ca­tions.”

‘They all did so well’

●●Young dancers with Laura Wright and, be­low, Ella McDon­ald

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