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Dancers are limbering up for a chance to represent the region in a national competition.

Eight groups will take to the stage at The Customs House on Tuesday, February 6, for the 10th annual Step Up and Dance community dance performance.

The showcase event for groups in North and South Tyneside is part of the regional dance festival Pulse, managed by Dance City in Newcastle.

The Customs House is a partner in Pulse, alongside Arts Centre Washington, Tin Arts in Durham, Arc Stockton and Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham.

Two groups from each venue will be selected to perform at the regional Pulse event at Dance City on Saturday, March 17, from which one group will be chosen to represent the region in the national youth dance festival U Dance, which takes place in Suffolk in July.

The groups taking part in Step Up and Dance 2018 are: Epinay Business and Enterprise School, Jarrow; John Spence Community High School, North Shields; Boldon School; White Illusion; Triple Threat Dance, based at Mortimer Community College in South Shields; Keelman’s Way School, Hebburn; St Wilfrid’s Catholic College, South Shields; and Sarah McVey School of Dance, based in South Shields.

Daniel Clifford, learning and participation officer at The Customs House, said: “Step Up and Dance is a great opportunity for local people to dance on a professional stage and share their work with friends and family, other dancers and the wider community.”

“I’m really looking forward to Tuesday evening’s performance, as the groups will be sure to put on a fitting show for our 10th community dance showcase.”

Tickets for Step Up and Dance 2018 are £5 and available from the box office on 0191 454 1234 or online at The show starts at 7pm.




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