University of Portsmouth student to dance for 24 hours as society runs marathon of classes for Comic Relief

A DANCER is set to take part in a 24-hour charity dance marathon as members of the public are invited to join in the fun.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 1:18 pm

Members of the University of Portsmouth Dance Society are putting together a day of themed classes to raise funds for Comic Relief.

On Friday and Saturday, live dance classes and virtual entertainment will be hosted on Zoom for 24 hours as the team came up with a creative way of fundraising while in person events are not possible.

Chloe Ellman-Baker, society president, is taking the marathon to the next level by participating in each of the classes throughout the 24-hour period.

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The dance society from the University of Portsmouth is hosting a 24-hour dance marathon for Comic Relief. Pictured: The dancers back when they could all train together

Interior architecture and design student Chloe said: ‘We still have no clue what’s going on so we just wanted to plan something we know would go ahead.

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‘I will be dancing for the entire 24 hours. It’s all for charity so I’m really excited.

‘It’s like a massive taster day so members of the public can come along and join in. People can come on for as many hours as they like!’

University of Portsmouth dance president Chloe Ellman-Baker, left, and welfare secretary Sophie Kettell, right, are volunteering to teach some free online dance and fitness classes to keep children active

Each hour will be hosted by a different teacher from dance schools around the country.

Fun themes on the first day will include a Grease session and Disney-themed dances, while day two will showcase dance styles like ballroom, tap and street.

Participants are encouraged to donate a minimum of £2 towards the society’s fundraising efforts, and this will gain access to the Zoom meeting for the 24 hour marathon.

These efforts follow the launch of Chloe’s free online classes hosted with welfare secretary Sophie Kettell, which help provide some fun exercise for children who are learning from home currently.

Chloe said: ‘Hopefully this will promote some more interest and get people more enthusiastic for when we go back to in person classes.

‘The kids’ classes are amazing to see how excited and enthusiastic they are to come on. We see them every week now - they will all be joining for the kids’ sessions.’

Visit fb.me/e/1Yqw4jL1v for more information about timings and classes, or go to justgiving.com/fundraising/updcdancearoundtheclock to donate towards the society’s fundraiser for Comic Relief.

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