Young Dales dancers perform to large audience at Tennants

Some of the youngest performers dancing 'A Day at the Seaside'

Dance lovers across the dales got a thrilling opportunity to see students of Janet Seymour’s School of Theatre Dance perform Terpsichore at Tennants Garden Rooms in Leyburn at the weekend.

Over one hundred young dancers, ranging in age from 3 to 18, showcased their skills in an exciting series of sequences including classical ballet, jazz and tap.

Janet Seymour, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dance and has been teaching in Germany and the dales for over 40 years, said: “Terpsichore means delight in dance, and this was a chance for the wider community to delight in and celebrate the extraordinary talent and achievements of our dancers.

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“It was also about offering a professional performance opportunity to the students, with a large stage, costume changes, lighting, two on-site rehearsals and a 400 capacity venue.”

Students, both boys and girls from the age of 3 years and up, mostly come from Swaledale and Wensleydale and are taught at studio venues in Reeth, Leyburn and Hawes.

They learnt a wide range of dance styles which were showcased in Terpsichore.