Jump in to dance craze
A DANCE craze is sweeping the country – and youngsters are well catered for it by a host of groups across the region.
Following the recent success of dance troupes in the big national talent competitions, local clubs are booming.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has relaunched in Exeter for a whole new generation of performers.
Its free taster session on Saturday, September 22, was packed with talented performers.
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The school offers training in performance from qualified teachers in dance, drama and singing, as well as regular performance opportunities and exciting new workshops for students aged four to 18.
The first 12-week term started on September 22, and runs every Saturday of the term at Exeter School.
Meanwhile, dancers had an extra spring in their step when they leapt into action at an Exeter studio.
The Sammy B Street Dancers were celebrating the tenth anniversary of Sam Vigar setting up the group, which meets regularly at the Exeter Phoenix.
Sam, 30, has been dancing for well over 20 years.
She said: "When I started I just wanted to keep fit and thought as long as I could cover the dance studio rent I would keep going. It has turned out really well and I have students still coming along who joined up at the very beginning.
Sam and her dancers are now busy rehearsing for their next show on December 9, at 6pm, in the city's Corn Exchange. Tickets are on sale now.
In Exmouth, Western Danceforce is celebrating its recent success in the world championships at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Among the successes were Sian Western Moyle, 13, who came third in the Under-14 World Street Dance Solo Championship, and Chloe Ferrow, 12, who came third in the Under-12 World Street Dance Solo Championship.
Western Danceforce's team Evolution won the world team Under-16 Street Dance Championship, and it also took part in other finals for freestyle disco solos and pairs.
Finally, 25 talented students from Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Exmouth are busy rehearsing for a spectacular one-night event with the professional company Broadway and Beyond, which will take place at the Exmouth Pavilion Theatre on October 11.
Youngsters between the ages of seven and 16 will be performing a solo dance routine and accompanying the eight versatile West End professionals with musical numbers from the Forties to the Sixties.