Dance troupe hopes to Raise the Barre in bid for cash

A troupe is hoping to dance its way to the top after registering for its chance to grab a share of a fantastic cash giveaway.

Community groups across the North-east can collect tokens in the Evening Express every day for the opportunity to net a slice of the £15,000 bonanza.

Sharon Gill School of Dance has a variety of students and programmes to be proud of – and it hopes to scoop some of the cash to help the school’s name flourish.

Founder Sharon Gill, who has been dancing since she was two-and-a-half years old, said: “We’re hoping to raise funds for our showcase at the end of March.

“It’s a variety dance show called Raise the Barre at the Beach Ballroom where we will be performing tap, ballet, modern, jazz, Highland dancing, cheerleading routines and a special surprise for the finale.”

Sharon trained at London College of Dance before opening her own school 20 years ago.

The performance will be the school’s fourth showcase and it hopes to make it a memorable one.

She added: “We’re hoping to put the money towards paying the venue, costumes, props, background and every aspect that goes into putting on a show.

“The parents of the students have been great, but the money will be a help.

“Our school is made up of dancers as young as 18 months old to adults.

“We have half-a-dozen staff who are great and work with our kids.”

Rehearsals are under way for the show which is set to take place from March 22 to March 24. And the performers hope to dazzle audiences with their moves and costumes.

The performances will be in aid of Friends of Anchor, which helps cancer and haematology patients at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

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The groups entering CommunitEE Chest who collect the most tokens in each category will walk away with between £500 and £5,000. Groups with 30 members or fewer have the chance to land £500, those with between 31 and 60 could take home £1,000 and groups with more than 61 members are in with a chance of bagging £5,000.