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Dance school celebrates 30th anniversary

Dance teacher Kerry Ledger with some of her performers.

Dance teacher Kerry Ledger with some of her performers.

A dance teacher has marked 30 years of teaching at her Ilkeston dance school by staging a charity show in support of the NSPCC.

The show entitled ‘Rio’ saw 150 pupils aged three to adults from the Kerry Ledger Dance School, on Lord Haddon Road, showcase their singing and dancing talents for three nights raising more than £1,000 for their performances at the St John Houghton School Theatre in Kirk Hallam.

Since first embarking on her bi-annual charity shows 17 years ago, Kerry has raised thousands of pounds for different charities including the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and Childline.

Routines from musicals such as Oliver, Mary Poppins and Singing in the Rain formed part of the 28 routines which made up the show in which pupils spent months rehearsing for

Kerry said: “ I would like to pay tribute to all the parents with children who performed in the show.

“Their patience, support, and encouragement has been immense. They have played an integral part in its success.”

Assistant dance teachers at the school, Anna Barratt, Kirsten Mould and Kloe Twells, have also contributed to the school’s success over the years.

She added: “Anne, Kirsten and Kloe have been wonderful allies to me, their professionalism, expertise and rapport with young people is second to none.

“It’s been an amazing show, talents of the performers were immense, the costumes were superb and added to the magic of a brilliant production, it gives me such pride to support the NSPCC.”

Ilkeston dance principal Kerry Ledger marked her 30-years of teaching in the town by staging her bi-annual charity show in support of the NSPCC ( National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children) charity.

One hundred and fifty dancers from the school situated in Lord Haddon Road, showcased their talents in an all dancing all singing production that delighted packed audiences during its three night run.

The show entitled “ Rio!”, was performed at the St.John Houghton School Theatre in Kirk Hallam, and raised a rewarding sum of £1,000 for the cause.

Since embarking on her charity shows 17-years-ago Kerry has raised thousands for good causes such as The Meningitis Trust, British Heart Foundation , Diabetes UK and Childline.

Taking their places in Kerry’s production were dancers aged from just three to adults, who have spent months of rehearsals working on the twenty-eight different routines that made up the show.

Dazzling costumes, individual talent, teamwork and commitment played an integral part in “ Rio!” which as well as being the show’s title was its vibrant opening number.

Eye-catching routines from musicals such as Oliver, Half A Sixpence, Mary Poppins and Singing in the Rain, figured prominently in the show while offerings from Ghostbusters,Alice in Wonderland and Viva Las Vegas featured contrasting genres of dance, earning the Dance School’s talented performers deserved recognition from appreciative audiences.

The success of Kerry’s dance school owes much to the contributions made over a long period of time by her team of assistant teachers which includes Anne Barratt, Kirsten Mould and Kloe Twells. (correct spellings).

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“ I would like to pay tribute to all the parents with children who performed in the show...Their patience ,support , and encouragement has been immense they have played an integral part in its success.”she said.

“ It gives me much pride to be able to support organisations such as the NSPCC whose wonderful support of vulnerable young people makes you appreciate the values of having loving families around you.”

 

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