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Three generations of a Barnstaple family tap dance together

By NDJFran  |  Posted: December 06, 2013


Teacher Teresa Crossman with Lydia Macree, Jan Jones, Chloe Macree and Katy Macree

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THREE generations of the same family have all been tap dancing with a Barnstaple teacher.

Jan Jones, 69, from Pilton, her daughter Katy Macree, 41, from Newport, and her two daughters Chloe, 15, and Lydia, 10, all go to tap dancing classes run by Teresa Crossman.

Teresa runs Neat Feet Dance Academy and says she is trying to get more families – even dads – involved in tap dancing. “I don’t really have a favourite but I major in tap and I have been teaching adult tap classes right from the beginning,” she said.

Katy said daughter Lydia was the first in the family to start tap dancing at the age of 3. “I used to bring her but I wanted to get fit and then Teresa started up an adult class,” she added. “I said to mum do you want to come along and now we all dance together.

“I had never done it before. I was a complete novice.”

Katy and Jan began tap dancing around two years ago but Jan said she recently had thoughts about giving it up.

“But I was persuaded to stay,” she added. “I thought I was too old.”

Jan said her daughter always encourages her to do things.

“Between them all I just do what I am told,” she added.

The whole family even took part in a tapathon event earlier this year in an attempt to break a world record for the most amount of people tap dancing across the UK.

“We have practised sections together and sometimes we all get together in the kitchen to dance,” said Katy.

She said she has tried to get her two younger boys involved but they prefer to stick to football.

Teresa said she has been running the dance academy since 1997.

“I would like to develop the tap into a family thing so you don’t just send your children, it is something where you go together as a family,” she said. “I would love to get the dads involved eventually.”

She added: “It is great to see the younger ones helping the older ones and vice versa.”

Teresa runs her classes at Newport Methodist Church Hall.

For more information visit www.neatfeetdanceacademy.co.uk

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