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In step with aim of building arts partnership.

To misquote Oscar Wilde ( to have one person dancing when it's not their vocation, may be regarded as a misfortune; to have two looks like carelessness.

However, it was not quite a case of the blind leading the blind when Stockton South MP Dari Taylor and Adam Lopardo, director at the Sponsors Club for Arts & Business, did the soft shoe shuffle at an event at Newcastle's Dance City.

For when Dari is not doing her parliamentary duties she is a member of the amusingly-named Division Belles tap dance troupe in Westminster.

The MP made a guest appearance in Newcastle to celebrate the achievements of the Sponsors Club for Arts & Business's New Partners scheme in the region.

"We are celebrating the fact business and the arts have such a dynamic working relationship in the region," said Mrs Taylor.

"The Sponsors Club has been invaluable in helping me achieve over pounds 30,000 in funding from 30 local businesses for Tees Valley Classical Music Group.

"As a result incredibly good musicians, conductors and composers will receive support for the first time. I am very excited about it."

For his part, Adam Lopardo said: "Recent figures showed North-East businesses are the biggest supporters of the arts in the English regions, for the fourth year running, giving a tremendous pounds 7.2m.

"Our aim is to help build commercial and creative partnerships between local businesses and the arts."

Which means it's OK for him to hang up his dancing shoes, thank goodness.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 29, 2006
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