Ballet dancing Sunderland toddlers raise cash for charity

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TODDLERS danced, wiggled and jiggled their way to a fund-raising target in aid of youngsters less fortunate than themselves.

The dancers, who attend Ballet Bears Dance Academy, raised £806 for charity Happy Days, which helps children with special needs and their families go on day trips and holidays.

Emma Landsbury, centre, with members of her Ballet Bears Dance Academy, which meets at St John's Church, Ashbrooke, Sunderland.

Emma Landsbury, centre, with members of her Ballet Bears Dance Academy, which meets at St John's Church, Ashbrooke, Sunderland.

The kids, including those attending a Monday morning baby ballet class at St John’s Methodist Church, Ashbrooke, substituted their usual moves for the charity’s Dance and Wiggle event.

Dance teacher Emma Landsbury found out about the charity by chance, after looking for a good cause involving children and discovered there was a fund-raising event centred on dance.

“The parents were all really excited about it,” she said. “I don’t think many of the children understood what we did, but they really enjoyed themselves.”

In total, 120 one to seven-year-olds took part in the event during the classes Emma runs across Sunderland and South Tyneside. “The children got sponsored and we did lots of dancing and jumping and wiggling and jiggling and a little assault course to keep them moving for half an hour. They did really well.”

For more details, visit www.happydayscharity.org. For the dance school, visit www.balletbears.co.uk.