MEMBERS of a dance troupe in Overseal are using their talent to good use as they try to raise money for a good cause and earn a place in a huge charity concert.
Inspiration School of Dance has already raised £900 for the British Red Cross, and young dancers are hoping to raise even more to make sure to boost the coffers of the humanitarian charity.
Alongside their fund-raising efforts, they have also been working to put together dances based on issues facing people around the world, in the hope of making it to the final of a concert run by the charity.
It is the third time the group has taken part in the fund-raising drive – and they are hoping also to make it to the O2 for the third year running. They have already made it to the regional stage, which is due to take place in June.
Vicki Sidwell, who runs the group, said: “It’s been brilliant to give the dancers the knowledge of what’s going on in the world through their performances. It’s fantastic to hear them talking about the issues, and it’s great for dance to not just be dance, but to communicate something.
“The dances have been really moving.”
Themes for performances have included missing families, the impact of Typhoon Haiyan, in the Philippines, and human devastation caused by other natural disasters.
Two age groups are taking part in the charity mission, with the girls aged between six and 18.
Fund-raising activities, which have mostly involved the younger children, have included cake sales, games and a dance class where everyone gave a donation to go along in their pyjamas.
Further activities are planned in the run up to the June performance.
Last year, the dance school managed to raise £1,700 for the charity, and the year before they made it to £1,000.
They were invited to perform at the O2 last year solely on the strength of their fund-raising efforts.
Ms Sidwell said she was ‘so proud’ of the way the girls had taken the cause to heart.
“They always make me cry, especially the older ones. They really understand the topics and the emotion really comes through. I’m not bothered about how technical they are, as it’s really moving,” she added.