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Dance team performs for a good cause

Young people in Southdown and Whiteway area raise money for overseas project

It was only the second time that the Motus Dance Academy had organised a Christmas show, one aim of the event being to raise funds for some of the dance team to go on a house-building trip to Mexico.

Three of the young dancers and youth worker Chris Porter, will be working for ten days with the charity Amor to build a home for a family living in poverty in the city of Tijuana.

The show was held in the St Barnabas Church Hall at Southdown, where the dance academy has sessions on Friday afternoons. An audience from the local community and the church came to give their support.

Scenes of young people moving to feisty music by singer Jessie J must have been an unusual sight for the older generations to see, though the show was well received. Dance teacher Sam Ludwell explained that the academy challenges young people to have a go at dancing to music with more attitude as they grow older.

Dancers who will be doing the house-building - Chloe, Scarlett and Kashmir - spoke on stage about why it was important to help impoverished people abroad. One of them recalled that a toilet in the poor area she saw is nothing more than a hole in the ground.

The Motus Dance Academy is run by Bath Youth for Christ and provides after-school sessions for young people to learn street, break and hip-hop dance. These are held on Thursdays from 4pm–6pm at Southdown Methodist Church; and on Fridays from 4pm–6pm, at

St Barnabas Church Hall, Southdown. Sessions cost £3.

To find out more you can phone Bath Youth for Christ on: 01225 336055.

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