Young dancers take centre stage at summer show

Date: Tuesday 22 July 2014

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Students from the Elmhurst School for Dance in Edgbaston took to the spotlight for their Summer Gala with the help of sponsorship from us.

Students aged 11 to 19 from the dance school performed a range of styles including ballet, contemporary and flamenco during the show, which took place on Tuesday 8th July.

The gala finale featured a special performance by Melissa Hamilton and Nicol Edmonds from the Royal Ballet, who are both former students of Elmhurst School for Dance.

Our Midlands regional business, which recently sold out the first phase of its nearby Highfield Gardens development in Edgbaston, donated £300 to the Elmhurst School for Dance to help cover the costs of putting on the show, such as lighting and costume hire.

Guy Oddy, Fundraising and Development Officer for the dance school, says: “The Summer Gala was particularly special this year because it marked the start of our celebrations for the 10th anniversary of our move to Birmingham. The school was previous based in Camberley, Surrey, and we’ve been in our purpose-built building in Edgbaston since 2004.

“The show also kicked off our fundraising campaign towards the development of a health and wellbeing centre, which will work to extend ballet dancers’ careers by instilling good habits and undertaking research projects.

“We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their sponsorship, which helped to ensure this year’s show was another huge success.”

Anne Wallace, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says:  “We are always looking for ways to support the communities in which we build our new homes. The Elmhurst School for Dance is a highly-respected dance school and we were delighted to make a contribution towards the running costs of the Summer Gala. We very much hope the students enjoyed taking part.”