Starz Drama School in Seaham set to hold 24-hour ‘danceathon’ to raise money to outfit new studio

Students at Starz Drama School in Seaham are due to dance for 24 hours straight on Saturday, January 29, in a bid to raise money to outfit a new studio.

The school, which is currently based on Adelaide Row in the city, has more than 300 pupils aged between four and 18 – with business booming following the pandemic.

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Left to right: Starz Drama School instructors Deacon Bird, Francesca Scarr, Kym Cuer and Sarah Cave.

However, the cost of setting up the new studio is high, leading to planned fundraising by Kym and his fellow dance teachers.

Kym said: ‘We had quotes for the flooring for the new studio and they ranged between £10,000 and £25,000 so I thought a 24 hour danceathon would be a good way to get everyone involved. world.

“Hopefully the full 24 hours will be enough and we won’t need to do any more fundraising after that.

“So far everyone is very keen to get involved, so we’ve given everyone a one-hour time slot, with some of the older students doing more and coming in during the night.

“I know some of them plan to bring sleeping bags and pillows in case they need a short break during the event.”

In addition to raising money for the school, Kym hopes the event will help those who attend to gain confidence.

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She added: “The main aim of all our sessions is to build a child’s confidence using performance, which I think is key after the Covid lockdowns.

“Throughout the fundraiser there will be things from Just Dance videos to our own choreography for everyone to get involved in.

“Everyone is really excited and we are going to hopefully broadcast the whole thing live on our Facebook and instagram pages. »

If you would like to view and donate to the Starz Theater School fundraiser, you can do so by click here.

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