Fun festival has exercise benefit

Dozens of children did plenty of moving to the beat during a Dance Festival at Morpeth’s Riverside Leisure Centre.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 2:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 2:38 pm
The adults pictured, from left, Claire Young (principal of Claire's Dance Academy), Coun Alison Byard, Fiona Cochrane and Debbie Donaldson.

Fiona Cochrane owns the Little Movers Morpeth and Northumberland South franchise that provides pre-school dance, movement and exercise classes.

All classes are planned to the National Curriculum and involve working closely with early years specialists.

She put together the event and invited youngsters from across the area so they could do some fun exercise activities. A total of 190 children took part.

Fiona said: “The children were given the opportunity to access lots of different styles of dancing - including Zumba by Debbie Donaldson, Rave and Disco dancing by Ali from Ravelution, as well our Little Movers Dances and routines.

“The smiles on the children’s faces said it all. The atmosphere was electric and every single child in the room had the chance to shine, have confidence in their ability and try something new.

“Pegswood Primary School, Abbeyfields First School, St Robert’s RC First School, Grange View C of E First School and St Bede’s RC Primary School all brought children from nursery, reception and Year 1 to join the fun.

“Active Northumberland supported the event and we were delighted to be joined by Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard.

“Morpeth-based dance school Claire's Dance Academy sponsored the event, providing trophies and medals for children who really went above and beyond with effort and enthusiasm on the day.”