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Come dancing: MP visits dance school


Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie visited a local dance group and took part in a lesson with the youngsters.

Ms Bailliemet with Julie Henderson, a dance teacher at Ballyhoo Dance School at The Cotswold Playhouse Studio and was given some tuition in ballet and tap dancing with the help of Julie’s assistants, her daughter Daisy and Dora.

Julie takes lessons around the constituency. Mondays in Painswick at the Beacon Hall, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Chalford Sports and Social Club and Saturdays at The Cotswold Playhouse Studio.

In the sessions, the children are taught a range of dance moves and tap dancing.

“I wanted to visit Ballyhoo as I saw some of their dancers at the Sub Rooms pantomime at Christmas. They were fantastic,” said Ms Baillie.

“In class, the children were so happy to be there and they were quick to accept me as part of the gang and show me what to do.

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“It was fair to say I was utterly outshone by them all and particularly Daisy and Dora but it was good fun.

“This is a wonderful example of a local business that is bringing real joy, exercise, confidence and creative skills to young people.

“If you have youngsters who may like dancing or bringing out of themselves, I can highly recommend giving Ballyhoo a go.

“People like Julie who provide lessons are a real asset to our communities. Getting young people interested in new things, engaged and active is so important. It is always a pleasure to highlight fantastic talent here.”

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