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YOUR summer fun; Workshop has a hit on its hands!

Byline: Alan Riddoch

THE Academy of Dance held their first summer workshop at Foxford school in Longford, Coventry.

"Its so expensive to go to London for a workshop - so we decided to bring it to them," explains Yvette Caputo who has run the school with Sandra Walker for the last 25 years.

Girls were split into two groups; one for four to 10-year-olds which concentrated on a Mary Poppins' theme, with the girls making their own props - such as kites for the song Let's Go Fly a Kite, and learning other songs including Supercalafajalis. The older girls aged 11-17 have had a We Will Rock You theme, from the Queen/Ben Elton show currently playing at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

The days were themed, with guest artists leading the workshops - including one for singing/drama with cast members Mat Craig and Dean Read. A group from the school then attended the evening performance and were invited backstage.

Yvette enjoyed the experience: "We've had a fab week, I think we'll do it again next year.

"It's great to see their faces - and there was a performance for the girls to showcase snipets of everything they've learnt to their parents."

Charlotte Walker, 19 a former student who helps take the classes particularly enjoyed, "the different types of dance: commercial, jazz, tap and contemporary", and Carly Kane, 15 summed up the girls feelings, "we really enjoyed every single minute, especially meeting the cast backstage".

SOME of the youngsters taking part in a High School Musical-themed day at Coventry Transport Museum, Millenium Place, Coventry. Pictured (top, from left) Ollie Harrison, Ellen Richardson, Millie McCamley and Maria Savage; Maria Savage (foreground) joining in the dancing; Ellen Richardson having her face painted and (right) Molly Wilson waving her pom-poms.

Pictures: James Balfour

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SOME of the youngsters taking part in a High School Musical-themed day at Coventry Transport Museum, Millenium Place, Coventry. Pictured (top, from left) Ollie Harrison, Ellen Richardson, Millie McCamley and Maria Savage; Maria Savage (foreground) joining in the dancing; Ellen Richardson having her face painted and (right) Molly Wilson waving her pom-poms. FLYING ... Some of the kids show off their artwork (above) at the Foxford School workshop, including (left, from left) Emily O'Broan, Amy O'Brian and Katie Rigby; (below, from left) Amelia Keeling, Rebecca Smith, Emma Sharma and Mellissa McDowell and (bottom) Prina Riathura.
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