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Dancing Feet look back on 18 years in their latest show, Celebration

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

GIRLS TOGETHER: (right to left) Nadine Morrish, Deana Morgan, Kimberley Walsh, Natasha Burgess and Amy Walsh (Kimberley's sister).

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FROM classical ballet and tap through to contemporary, jazz and musical theatre, there is a always plenty to enjoy in a Dancing Feet extravaganza. And this year the dancing academy, based in Braunton, is celebrating its success in a new show called Celebration.

"The reason that the show is called Celebration is that we are celebrating 18 years since the school opened," said principal Nadine Morrish. "We are celebrating all the achievements of so many students that have passed through our doors, many of whom are now either working professionally or at full-time dance college."

The show promises all the usual glitz and glam audiences have come to expect from Nadine's stage shows.

"My daughter Natasha, who is currently in her third year at Millennium Performing Arts, is re-staging a piece we did several years ago and we have invited back former senior students to perform in it."

"It's the Audition piece from a Chorus Line. The idea is that it turns into a bit of a dance off. My present senior girls start it off, then the former dance students push them out of the way and take over the stage. It then finishes with them all dancing together.

"It's going to be exciting because we are not getting them together until an hour before the curtain goes up on opening night."

Proceeds from the show are going to the Breast Care Unit at North Devon District Hospital. Nadine was inspired to raise money for the cause after her friend Deana Morgan, who she used to dance with professionally, had breast cancer. Nadine and Natasha were lucky enough to meet former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh at one of Deana's shows.

As a former pupil of Deana's, Kimberley her Deana in her fundraising events.

"I hope people come along to Celebration to see what talent there is in North Devon," added Nadine. "There is something in the show for everyone from the very young to the old.

"It would be lovely if people come and support this showcase of local talent that will help raise money for our local Breast Care Unit."

Celebration is at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple on March 7 and 8, 7pm. Saturday matinee: 2pm. Tickets: £12 (adult), £10 (concession/matinee). Box office: 01271 324242 or visit www. northdevontheatres.org.uk.

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