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Stockport Dancing Schools prepare for 2024 World Cup event – and need your help!

Stockport Dancing Schools prepare for 2024 World Cup event – and need your help!

Two Stockport-based dancing schools –Cheshire Theatre School and Vale Studios  – are practicing their best steps ahead of this summer’s prestigious Dance World Cup 2024 finals, taking place in the beautiful city of Prague welcoming thousands of dancers from across the globe from Thursday 27th June to Saturday 6th July. 

As Stockport’s year as Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture comes to a close in March, its legacy is already living on in the dancers who will be moving with energy and passion on a world stage, represent their dance school and our town. Around 7,500 dancers from 65 countries will be competing to become World Champions across the genres of Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Song and Dance along and dance in front of huge audiences – a huge honour for everyone taking part – and we want our dancers to have the very best chance of winning!

The Dance World Cup finals is a fantastic opportunity for all the dancers to enjoy new experiences, different cultures and create life-long memories that will help shape their futures.

Dancers from Cheshire Theatre School

Cheshire Theatre School owner, Vickie Goodwin based at Houldworth Mill, Reddish, Stockport said:

“It is a huge honour for us to be chosen to represent our country at the Dance World Cup again after becoming world champions in several sections last year. The calibre of the dance schools that enter is very high, so to be selected is amazing. I’m proud of all the hard work my dancers have put in which has paid off.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for all the students, especially as it is Stockport’s Town of Culture year! Our team can’t wait to travel to Prague this June to compete together in the competition against other countries. This is a great, positive experience improving the  children’s self-confidence by performing on a world stage as well as promoting health, sport & physical activity but the hard work starts now with rehearsals and fundraising.”

Dancers from Vale Studios

Kate Charlton, Principal of Pear Mill’s Vale Studios, is keen to ensure that there are no barriers to taking part:

“We believe dancing as part of a team gives our children a real sense of togetherness and any differences in financial circumstances are left at the door. This wonderful experience will also provide the team with the opportunity to meet other like-minded, talented dancers from all around the world and form new friendships, opening doors to new and exciting opportunities.

“Our main objective as a school is to seek donors and sponsorship for our children to enable the team to participate in this event and enjoy this incredible experience. Over the years we couldn’t have participated in this event without the help of generous people – and that is why I am reaching out today.”

There are many ways local businesses and people can help either dance school:

  1. Sponsorship of a dance to help cover costumes, rehearsals etc
  2. Monetary donation to either help cover general expenses. E.g. dancers’ entry fees, England tracksuits, training kits,  etc.
  3. In-kind contributions from local businesses to donate make-up, hair accessories, kitbags etc
  4. Offering to host/perform at an event in your venue or space to seek donations.

If you feel you could  help or contribute anything at all, please get in touch – any donation and support is gratefully received.  

For Cheshire Theatre School, please contact the Friends of Cheshire Theatre School via email ctsfundraising@gmail.com or call directly on 07958 416106. Or more information please see the website https://www.cheshiretheatreschool.co.uk/dance-world-cup-2024/

For Vale Studios, please contact a member of our fundraising team via email to valestudiosfundraising@gmail.com or call directly on 07949074740.

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