Sunderland dancers pick up 43 trophies

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DELIGHTED dancers were jumping for joy after winning a whopping 43 trophies at a national contest.

Talented youngsters from Cora Ann’s Dance Academy (CADA), which has recently found a new home in Grangetown, are celebrating their success at the British Isle Dance Competition.

The academy’s 14 dancers, aged from six to 16, were up against more than 200 competitors from up to 60 dance schools from across the country. They won top three places in a range of single and group disco dancing categories at the event in Wales.

Cora Ann, headmistress of the dance school, is delighted with the youngsters’ success.

Cora Ann first taught 20 years ago at a studio in Stockton Road. She retired in 2007, but last year she dusted off her dancing shoes and began to teach again.

She said: “At first we taught at a church hall in the city centre but longed for a studio premises so we could work more and have access at all times for extra training and to be able to teach more subjects.”

She added: “Our new studio above Global Gym in Grangetown which has been fabulous for the dancers we already trained.”

CADA was founded with the aim of promoting dance and fitness to as many children as possible.

She said: “Dance also immensely increases confidence.”

As well as disco, Cora also teaches many other forms of dance such as street, cheerleading and ballet. Fitness classes are also held.

For more information, visit the school’s Facebook page “Cadadance” or through Global Gym.

Sessions cost £3.50 after a first free taster class. Contact 07986 424733 for more details.