It’s strictly dancing for children

DANCERS Daisy-Mae Hager, Iesha Duag Boateng, and Connie Sneddon
DANCERS Daisy-Mae Hager, Iesha Duag Boateng, and Connie Sneddon
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THESE youngsters are ruling the dancefloor thanks to new urban lessons in Somers Town.

Children aged from six to 14 are enjoying free street dance lessons at St Peter’s Church in Somers Road. The church is subsidising the five-week course as part of its outreach to the community.

Rehearsals are in full swing ahead of a performance in Guildhall Square as part of the Olympic torch celebrations on July 15. The lessons have been organised by Carly-Ann Purcell, who runs Portsmouth Dance Academy.

She has now moved her dance company to the church. She said: ‘I started the academy in 2007 and was hiring out dance studios but now I’ve brought my own mirrors and hired dance teachers. I met two members of the congregation who were passionate about doing something to help the local community, and I am too.

‘After the five-week taster course is over, the most committed children will form a new street crew and will become a performance group.’

Connie Sneddon, nine, said: ‘We learn really cool moves and I practice at home.

‘It’s good doing it in the church because it is really big.’

Go to portsmouthdanceacademy.co.uk or call 07738 588581.