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Dancers showcase their Steps for Soldiers at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Dancers showcase their Steps for Soldiers at the Mitchell Memorial Theatre in Hanley
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YOUNG dancers will be taking serious steps this month to boost a charity which helps and campaigns for servicemen and women wounded on active duty.

Pupils of the Dawn Rowley Dance Academy, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, are putting their best feet forward to stage a three-night extravaganza at the Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent in aid of Help for Heroes.

‘Steps for Soldiers’ will showcase the talents of around 30 youngsters aged four to 17, covering a wide range of the styles they study at their Newcastle-based dance school.

21-year-old Dawn Rowley, who runs the academy in Ironmarket, Newcastle, said: “Everyone has worked really hard and put their hearts and souls into rehearsing for what we hope will be a really professional show.

“We want to raise as much money as possible for H4H, who do fantastic work on behalf of our injured army, navy and air force servicemen and women.”

The charity is particularly close to Dawn’s heart; her partner, Craig Edwards, is a serving soldier with the Signal Regiment, and has completed three tours of duty in Afghanistan, where he has seen colleagues injured in the line of duty.

‘Steps for Soldiers’ combines ballet, tap, freestyle, gymnastics, Irish, rock ’n’ roll, salsa, street and cheerleading dancing into a fast-paced show which guarantees to get the toes of every audience member tapping.

The show runs from Thursday 27th February to Saturday 1st March inclusive at the Mitchell Arts Centre. Tickets are priced at £10 for 16s and over, £8 for under 16s/concessions, and under twos free.

Dawn added: “We’d love to see a full house there each evening – and everyone who buys a ticket can be sure of a great night’s entertainment, as well as helping an incredibly worthy and sometimes unsung good cause.”

For further information and to book tickets, call 07552 112690.

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