Richmond dance school wins award for community work

Members of Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy.

The Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy based in Richmond has been named a winner at the 2020 Dance School of the Year Awards.

The dance school won the award for innovation during the Covid-19 pandemic after offering free online dance lessons to the community during the first lockdown.

Owner Louise Richmond said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised for such a prestigious award – it’s wonderful to see everyone’s hard work acknowledged.

“It’s always been our dream to create a successful dance school that also supports the local community.

“Even during lockdown everyone pulled together to help  and support one another, including local businesses.

“It was wonderful to see so many people involved.

“We were also able to help the local community such as offering online armchair exercises for people shielding all free of charge, as well as free pre-school sessions as many pre-schoolers were missing out on nursery and early years care.”