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Charity dancers go feet first.

DOZENS of kind-hearted dancers let their feet do the talking in a bid to raise funds for local charities.

The Janet Dickinson School of Dance, from Stockton, has raised pounds 14,000 thanks to a series of shows over the last two weekends. Dance to the Beat is a bi-annual event held at the town's Ian Ramsey School which this year saw more than 300 dancers, aged between three and 77, tripping the light fantastic for local causes.

Janet Hodgson, 60, has been running the school for 42 years and took to the stage with both her daughter Gaynor Malo, 39, and her two grandaughters, Sadie, 12, and Chante Malo, eight.

Janet, from Hardwick, said: "The students always taking part in these shows and I'm delighted with their efforts this year. They have worked so hard. It's so nice to be able to give something back to the local community."

This year's performances included street dancing, jazz, ballet, tap, salsa and disco.

The charities set to benefit from this year's event include the Butterwick Children's Hospice, Great North Air Ambulance, local schools and CLIC Sargent, which cares for children and young people with cancer.

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TAKING CENTRE STAGE: Left and below, pupils from the Janet Dickinson School of Dance in Stockton raising cash for charity with their Dance to the Beat show . Janet and her family are front, centre Pictures by PETER REIMANN
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 22, 2008
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