NADIA Wearn and her younger sister, Natalie, loved to dance from an early age.
Mrs Wearn was a student at the Valerie Shepherd School of Dance until the age of 18, and her love of performing continued into her adult life.
After studying at Hebburn College, Manchester Metropolitan University and later Brighton, she eventually took on the role of dance teacher at Newcastle Central High School in Jesmond.
In the eyes of all who knew her, she was a star whose sparkling personality inspired others to overcome their fears.
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Paying tribute to her daughter following her death, her heartbroken mum said: “Everyone has said she was just a ray of sunshine – a truly genuine person. I’m so proud of her for what she gave to people. She was unique.
“I feel so numb and angry she has been stolen away from us when she was so happy.
“What she gave and the way she made people feel good about themselves, money cannot buy.”
Following her death, Natalie took to the stage in Gilbert and Sullivan’s show Movies and Musical in her memory.
She performed to the Celine Dion hit, My Heart Will Go On, in a specially choreographed routine using steps from dances taught to her over the years by Nadia, who for years had choreographed routines for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society cast members.
The production was dedicated to her memory.