Dance shows in Niamh’s name hailed

Members of the Starlight Dance Company
Members of the Starlight Dance Company

Two charity dance shows held in aid of Niamh’s Next Step have raised nearly £2,000.

The Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School performed two shows at The Lighthouse theatre in Kettering on Saturday, June 1.

The shows – one in the afternoon and one in the evening – both sold out in advance.

The production included all the fun and thrills of the circus in a dance and musical theatre show and featured clowns, show girls, ring masters and a few cheeky monkeys.

Among the performers was Hannah Curry, eight, from Wellingborough, whose five-year-old sister Niamh died last year following a battle with rare cancer, neuroblastoma.

A total of £2,078 was raised for Niamh’s Next Step, the charity set up in the name of the five-year-old.

Jacc Batch, Starlight’s director, said both shows had proved to be a huge success.

He said: “It was absolutely brilliant. We do shows quite often – two or three big ones a year – and this was by far the best.

“We have had nothing but amazing feedback on Facebook.”

Mr Batch said about 300 two to 15-year-olds had taken part in the performances, and had been rehearsing for five months.

He added: “They worked really hard.

“They pushed really hard in rehearsals.”

Queenie Pettit, from Loddington, whose great-grandson was taking part, said: “These young people are doing such a good job.

“It was so lovely. The theatre was packed as always.”

For further information about the charity set up in Niamh’s name, visit www.niamhsnextstep.com.