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South Shields-based dancers ready to hit the West End stage

LONDON BOUND ...  Youngsters from Nu Dance are to perform at Her Majesty's Theatre, in London, pictured below, John Owen-Jones in Phantom of the Opera.
LONDON BOUND ... Youngsters from Nu Dance are to perform at Her Majesty's Theatre, in London, pictured below, John Owen-Jones in Phantom of the Opera.

A TROUPE of dancers from South Tyneside are getting ready to hit the West End stage.

Youngsters from dance group Nu Dance are taking part in a showcase at Her Majesty’s Theatre, in London on Sunday, February 22.

Youngsters from Nu Dance are going to perform at Her Majesty's Theatre, in London

Youngsters from Nu Dance are going to perform at Her Majesty's Theatre, in London

Members of the group, based in Ada Street, South Shields, will dance on the stage that has been home to famous musical The Phantom of the Opera for the last 28 years.

Dance teacher Rachel Jackson said: “The trip was organised by a group in Middlesbrough called Bobby Dazzlers and it’s a showcase for dance schools from all across the country.

“Each group get to do two six-minute performances and it’s such a huge opportunity for them to get to perform on a stage like that – everyone is very excited.

“Some of the kids want to go on to do this sort of thing professionally so it’s a great chance for them to experience what it’s like with all the lights, the costume changes, and being backstage.

“We do our own showcase every year, and we had it at the Customs House, in South Shields, for the first time last year.

“Everyone loved it, so performing in the West End is going to be even more amazing.”

The 20 members of the group, aged four to 17, along with their parents, took part in a range of fundraising activities to raise enough cash to make the journey.

Rachel added: “We’ve done bag packs, a Christmas fete and we had a Christmas party to help raise the money for everyone’s travel and accommodation.

“Including the kids, there is about 70 of us going all together because lots of the parents are going along to watch the showcase.

“It’s been quite stressful trying to organise everything and get all of the money together but I’m sure it’ll all be worth it.

“Some of the younger ones in the group aren’t going, so if we can, we’d love to do it again next year and give the other ones a chance to go along.”

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