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Celebrity masterclasses for Practice-a-thon

Celebrity masterclasses for Practice-a-thon

7 June 2011

CLIC Sargent hosts exclusive celebrity dance masterclass for Practice-a-thon fundraising Campaign

Would your students jump at the chance to be tutored by a top celebrity dance coach? Would you like to pick up some invaluable tips along the way? Get ready to perfect your pirouettes as children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent is offering schools or groups the chance to experience an exclusive celebrity dance masterclass, as part of its Practice-a-thon fundraising campaign.

CLIC Sargent has signed up Strictly Come Dancing choreographer and former British National Champion of Latin American Dance Karen Hardy to lead an exclusive dance coaching session for the charity.

Karen Hardy says, “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to meet students taking part in CLIC Sargent’s Practice-a-thon campaign. I think the masterclass is a really great idea for both pupils and teachers, as they have a chance to focus on sharing ideas and developing skills. It couldn’t be in aid of a better cause either, as all those taking part in the campaign will help to raise vital funds to support families affected by childhood cancer.”

The masterclass will be held in the summer of 2011 and will give students and teachers a unique opportunity to work with a top coach and gain some vital performance tips.

Schools, clubs or groups are encouraged to sign up to CLIC Sargent’s Practice-a-thon fundraising campaign and hold a sponsored practice for young pupils to help them pass exams, or even put on a show and sell tickets to support the charity’s work. The top dance fundraising group will then get the chance to meet Karen at the celebrity masterclass.

CLIC Sargent National Events Manager, Emily Felix-Davies, says, “Practice-a-thon is about getting the best out of young performers and helping CLIC Sargent give the best support possible to children with cancer.

“The masterclass really celebrates what the campaign stands for – music, dance and song for all abilities raising funds for children and young people with cancer, and their families. CLIC Sargent is also hoping to hold a music masterclass next year especially for budding musicians or singers taking part in Practice-a-thon.”

The masterclass will be taking place on Monday 13th June at 11:00am, at Karen’s studios in West London (10 The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, London, SW6 2UB).

The top fundraising groups that took part in Practice-a-thon this year, Old Park Primary School, and Hill House International School, won the chance to take part in the masterclass. Old Park Primary School, which has taken part in Practice-a-thon for the past three years, raised over £890 with a Grease themed dance event to help the charity support families affected by cancer across the UK. Hill House International School, London, raised a fantastic £4,183 with their Practice-a-thon dance and music concert.

Karen, former British Champion of Latin American Dance and Strictly Come Dancing choreographer, will be hosting the exclusive session, which will lead the students through top performance tips, key techniques, warm-up secrets and will provide opportunities for teachers and pupils to ask questions and share ideas.

To find out more about Practice-a-thon and the celebrity masterclass or to sign up, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/practiceathon or telephone 08451 20 63 40.


Click here for an interview with Karen Hardy in our April-June issue of DANCE - out now!

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