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Academy Students Presents Cheque to Folkestone Youth Project - The Shed

Following the success of the sixth and biggest annual Breaking Waves Dance Showcase in May, students at the Folkestone Academy presented a cheque to The Folkestone Youth Project known as The Shed. The final amount raised, from ticket sales and donations on the evening, was £1,581.41.

Guests of the event, which took place on Wednesday 2nd May, witnessed over 200 young people aged between 3 and 18 years old from all over East Kent perform a variety of dance genres including jazz, urban, commercial, lyrical and contemporary.

Patricia Cullen, Head of Dance at Folkestone Academy, organised the event, she comments: “I am proud of all the dancers that took part in the showcase, their hard work, commitment and passion shone through their performances. I would like to thank Shepway District Council for creating the opportunity to celebrate an evening of dance at the wonderful Leas Cliff Hall.”

Chloe Huggins, Year 10 GCSE Dance student, comments: “I’m very lucky to have been part of this experience, not only dancing in Breaking Waves at the Leas Cliff Hall but handing over the cheque to The Shed and finding out how the money will be spent.”

Ruth Tyler from The Folkestone Youth Project known as The Shed explains how the money will be spent: “We are extremely grateful for this donation, it will be used to equip our newly expanded music room at our new location in Bradstone Avenue which will open in August.”

She continues: “Our young youth team members decided to purchase a second hand piano recently and some of the money will be used to have it tuned and fund free piano lessons. I met some of the dance students last week and they were amazing.

Watch the Breaking Waves 2018 video of all the student performances....