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Crowthorne dancers jigging to charity sum

Published: 6 Apr 2013 13:300 comments

A CROWTHORNE dance school has been 'Gettin' Jiggy With It' in the name of charity.

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More than 70 dancers from the Pandy's Streets dance crew put on a two-night performance of contemporary, street and hip-hop dancing to raise cash for African children's charity Angels.

Pandy Dean, teacher and founder of the troupe, said her students had been rehearsing for nearly six months in the run-up to the Getting Jiggy With It show, which went down a storm when performances took place on Thursday and Friday night at Wellington College's theatre.

"It went really well, the kids loved it - they were bouncing off the walls," she told The News. Pandy first launched the school 14 years ago and has been teaching for 35 years - since the young age of 16. The show was her last hurrah before taking early retirement.

She said: "It was really emotional actually. I've been thinking about leaving for a couple of years and was waiting for some of the kids who started with me at the beginning, when they were five, to go off to university as well.

"It's the end of an era but the new teacher, Elise Beecham, is nice and young - she'll be a great inspiration to the kids."

The show - in which the youngest dancer was seven years old and the oldest 58 - raised about £2,000 for the charity, however a final total has not yet been reached.

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