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Grant will get the disadvantaged dancing in Penzance

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

David Howard, a trustee of the West Cornwall Youth Trust, presents a cheque to Fiona Richardson and students and staff at the Big Dance Company.

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TWENTY disadvantaged or disabled children are to get weekly dance lessons at Penzance's Big Dance Company, thanks to a grant from the West Cornwall Youth Trust.

It is the second year the trust has offered the grant, this year amounting to £3,600, and Big Dance Company director Fiona Richardson said she had seen some fantastic results.

"It's great to see how many of the young people who got involved then have really integrated with the school already," she said.

"We really hope to achieve the same level of success – if not more – this year."

She said the Big Dance Company would support any students who excelled in further training if their families weren't able to afford more classes. The company, a registered charity, has enjoyed great success in not only offering support to local children, but also in terms of producing talent.

One of its teams, Flava, made it to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent and many of the dancers had also competed in the UDO World Championships with great success.

Malcolm Woolcock, administrator for the West Cornwall Youth Trust, said: "The best part of my job is when I can see that the projects we help to fund have been a success.

"Fiona, Ben and the rest of the team at the Big Dance Company work hard to give as many children as possible the chance to get involved, and we're thrilled we can be a part of that process."

For more information on the trust and what the Big Dance Company is up to you can visit the websites at www.thebigdancecompany.com and www.westcornwallyouthtrust.org.uk

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