A special dance class has been held to help raise money in aid of the Manchester terror attack.Advertisement
On Monday 22 May, 22 people, including some children were killed in the explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, along with a further 59 people being injured as a result of the incident.
Becki Heaton, 23, dance teacher, organised the Ariana Grande Dance Workshop to try and raise as much money as possible for the victims of the attack, with proceeds going to the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund”.
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The dance class took place at Preston’s College on Friday 2 June from 5.30pm-7.30pm.
Becki, owner of My Stage Company, wanted to hold the class as some of her students attended the concert on 22 May and she wanted to help support the victims who were affected.
Becki said: “The Manchester Terror Attack has affected us massively, a number of our students were there and the students that weren’t there knew of someone that was.
“We had a show rehearsal the day after the awful attack every child of all ages talking about what had happened.
“That’s when I came up with the idea for the workshop and dance is an incredible way to show emotion, express yourself and is also a great way to bring some of the community together.
“Children from all over Lancashire came together to show their support to Manchester, with the youngest child being 8 and oldest 20.
“Preston College kindly offered their dance studio for no charge and so far we have managed to raise £510.20 and counting.
“The students learnt dance routines to Ariana Grande’s songs including ‘One Last Time’, and each child danced for their lives.”
The class was priced at £5 each and people of all ages could attend.
Becki added: “The atmosphere was incredible and there was so much life and love between children that had never even met before.
“As a dance teacher it was amazing to see so many children doing what they love in one room and all for an incredible cause.
“I feel with children its really quite hard to talk about something like this, so if we can do something that’s fun and brings everyone together, it’s a nice way to raise some awareness and money for what’s happened.
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