The Mayor of South Tyneside found himself out on the street – and loving every minute of it – when he visited a local dance group.
Coun Ernest Gibson tried his hand at street dancing when he hit the dance floor to join young dancers being put through their paces.
The Mayor was guest of honour during a dance session held by Natalie Cummings at the Charles Young Centre in Talbot Road, South Shields.
After watching the youngsters from Fusion DanceWorks (FDW) in action, he couldn’t help but join in the fun.
Following the lead of the young dancers, he was taught a number of moves before being given the chance to put the steps he had learned to music - baseball cap and all.
His efforts were rewarded with a round of applause from the performers.
Coun Gibson said: “I’m not a dancer by any stretch of the imagination but it’s been great fun having a go.
“The kids here are just amazing at what they do and they all seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.
“We have so much talent here in South Tyneside and I can’t get over the little ones and what they can do at such a young age.”
Fusion DanceWorks was started by Mrs Cummings in 2011.
Over the years the numbers have grown with crews and dancers going on to win a number of trophies.
More recently her Mini D’s dance crew, featuring youngsters aged between five and seven, took first place in a contest in London.
She said: “Having the Mayor attend the dance session was fantastic. I don’t think the kids knew what to expect when he first walked in with his chains on.
“But he quickly put them at ease and had them all laughing. I don’t think any of us expected him to actually have a go.
“But he was a great sport and the kids really took to him.”
Fusion DanceWorks holds sessions at the Charles Young Centre for those aged from 18-months to adults.
As well as competing in competition, dancers will also have the chance to train for medal exams so they are able to progress their dancing ability – to possibly becoming a dance teacher themselves.
For more information on the dance school, contact Natalie on 07800 987 371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org