Sunderland youngsters step out to raise funds for Christmas sparkle

Youngsters from ACE performers setting off on their sponsored walk to raise money for the school.
Youngsters from ACE performers setting off on their sponsored walk to raise money for the school.

Twinkle-toed youngsters have been stepping out to raise funds for costumes to help them shine on stage.

Around 40 young dancers from Ace Performers in South Hylton took on a sponsored walk from the Bungalow Cafe through Roker Park and along the beach to raise funds for the costumes for their Christmas show.

Based at the Tansy Centre, the school, which has more than 50 pupils, stages a number of fundraisers throughout the year.

The youngsters took a break from their classes in dance forms such as tap, ballet and jazz to take part in the walk.

Principal Hannah Proctor said: “We opened in May 2017 and this will be our third show.

“Costumes can be really expensive so the mams set up a fundraising committee to help cover the costs. It’s something they do off their own back and I couldn’t be any luckier with how supportive they are.

“The kids do a lot of fundraising activities and the older ones often do bag packs at B&M’s in Pallion, so we wanted to do a fundraiser that the little ones could join in with as half of the school are quite young. A lot of the kids are on holidays but around 40 of them signed up for the day.”

Hannah added: “It was just a gentle walk but they were all really excited to do something together.”

After taking part in the walk, the dance school held a fun day at The Albion in Roker.