Bringing a taste of Broadway to borough

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YOUNG performers were put through their paces at an all singing, all dancing summer school.

The Youth Dance and Theatre Project, based in Ashton, ran its Glee Club during the schools’ summer break at Captains Lane Community Centre for the third year in a row. Founded by former professional dancer and choreographer Cary Riding, the club aims to bring a bit of the magic of Broadway to the borough, offering young people the chance to try for themselves a range of dance styles from street to salsa and ballet to Bollywood.

Ashton Glee Club summer school members are pictured at the end of their series of sessions at the Captains Lane Youth Club

Ashton Glee Club summer school members are pictured at the end of their series of sessions at the Captains Lane Youth Club

The young Wiganers, who were aged between six and 11, also got to learn from a range of guest coaches who taught them about various aspects of treading the boards and singing, while a team of student coaches and volunteers from Cansfield High School helped the five-week course run smoothly.

The club has already proved a hit with the children and their parents, and it was recently awarded a Brighter Borough grant through Wigan Council to help ensure it can continue into the future.

Cary said: “I love the confidence and positive energy performing inspires, and it’s also a fun way to keep fit and healthy without even trying.

“We’re delighted to be receiving a grant from Brighter Borough, it should really help towards expanding the summer school into a year-round project that will inspire and excite our local youngsters.”