Young Swaledale dancer gets funding boost from council

From left, Grace Partridge, Alice Booth, Tilly Roper, Molly Southern, Coun Stuart Parsons, Coun Linda Curran, at the front the teacher Charlotte Porter.

A young dancer from Swaledale who gained her teaching qualifications at Preston Dance College is thrilled to be the recipient of a recent grant from Richmondshire District Council.

While still studying Charlotte Porter was awarded the Faye-Knowles Chapman Award for Choreography and was selected to dance as a northern associate for the UK Tap Dance team, Tap Attack.

Since graduating she has danced professionally in the UK and France and taught locally, as well as in Switzerland and Germany for the last seven years.

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Returning to her North Yorkshire roots, last year Charlotte set up her own school, the Charlotte Jacqueline School of Dance in Richmond offering classes in ballet, tap, modern theatre and jazz dance to all ages from three to adult, based mainly in Richmond’s Quaker Lane Scout hut.

The dance school has now received a welcome boost with the award of a small business grant from Richmondshire District Council which has enabled Charlotte to purchase not only the syllabus and music scores necessary for examination work but a crucial piece of equipment in the form of a portable barre which can be easily packed away and moved between venues.

The RDC scheme which opened in November 2016 already awarded a number of grants with more applications welcome from small local businesses with fewer than four full time employees.

Leader of the Independents, Coun Stuart Parsons, and Coun Linda Curran were delighted to be able to come along to a recent Saturday morning ballet class to see the new equipment in action.