Unique choir and dance show raises £21,000 for local charities

A unique show in which dance schools and choirs shared a stage for the first time, has raised £21,000 for charity.

Dancing with Choirs took place at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole last month (March 10) and featured 10 Hampshire and Dorset dance schools and children’s and adult choirs, performing classical, modern and pop pieces.

Dancers came from Centre Stage School of Dance, Dance Crazy Dance School, the Jamie Lee Dance Academy, Parkewood School of Dance and the Heartbeat Tappers.

They were accompanied by the singing voices of Just Sing Choir, Bournemouth Male Voice Choir, Rising Voices Choir, the Sound of Soul Choir and the Jamie Lee Dance Academy.

The show was directed by Marie Duffy Pask, choreographer of the internationally-acclaimed Lord of the Dance, who lives in Poole.

Marie also brought her own performers from the Ceimoir School of Dance, who stunned the audience with some world class Irish Dancing.

All profits will now go to organisers the Wessex Heartbeat charity and Dorset Cancer Care Foundation.

Wessex Heartbeat was founded 25 years ago and has raised almost £16 million for the Wessex Cardiac Centre.

Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) was set up in 2012 to help families facing financial hardships because of cancer.

John Munro, CEO of Wessex Heartbeat, said:

‘The show was a real success and we would like to extend our huge gratitude to all the dance schools and choirs which gave their time and performed so wonderfully.

‘Our thanks also go to our sponsors, especially our main sponsor Goadsby, whom enabled us to stage such an ambitious show.’

Eve Went, one of the founders of Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF), agreed:

‘The show was mesmerising.

‘Seeing classical ballet performed to the Ellie Goulding song How Long will I love you? and jazz dancers accompanied by a choir singing iconic Michael Jackson songs was truly special and it was no surprise when all the performers were given a standing ovation at the end of the show.

‘Their talent and generosity will help people and families experiencing cancer across Dorset and cardiac patients across Wessex.’