Dance shows in Niamh’s name hailed

Members of the Starlight Dance Company

Members of the Starlight Dance Company

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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.