Choirs and dance groups to share a stage for unique charity show

Wessex Heartbeat and the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation are bringing a production of Dancing with Choirs to the Lighthouse in Poole. Representatives of the charities are pictured with sponsor David Errington of Goadsby, compere Marie Pask and performers Dance Crazy, Bournemouth Male Voice Choir, Jamie Lee Dance Academy, Just Sing Choir and Sound of Soul.

Ballet dancers will share a stage with ‘Michael Jackson’ when choirs and dance groups team up for a unique charity show.

Dancing with Choirs takes place at Lighthouse Theatre, Poole on March 10, 2018 and will feature a host of dance schools and local choirs performing together on stage for the first time.

The show will be directed by Marie Duffy Pask, choreographer of the internationally-acclaimed ‘Lord of the Dance’, and all proceeds will go to Dorset Cancer Care Foundation and the Wessex Heartbeat charity.

Eve Went, one of the founders of Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF), said: “Imagine classical ballet performed to the Ellie Goulding song How Long will I love you and jazz dancers accompanied by a choir singing iconic Michael Jackson songs – this extraordinary production will be a feast for the eyes and ears.”

She added:  “Marie Duffy Pask is also bringing some of her famous dancers to perform. And all the money raised from this great show will be used to help Dorset families coping with cancer and to help fund the ground breaking cardiac unit at Southampton General Hospital.”

Youngsters from Centre Stage School of Dance & Performing Arts based in Poole will be performing with the Just Sing adult choir.

Zoe Mather, principal director of Centre Stage, said: “We are very proud to be part of this show.

“It is for such a worthy cause and the children will have great fun performing on this wonderful platform.”

Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) was set up in 2012 by Eve Went, Pam Jeffries and Leslie-May Harrison, from Poole, to help families facing financial hardships because of cancer.

Wessex Heartbeat was founded 25 years ago and has raised almost £16 million for the Wessex Cardiac Centre.

Ken Wilde of Wessex Heartbeat said: “We have produced Dancing with Choirs in Southampton for several years now and are very excited to be teaming up with DCCF and sponsor Goadsby, to bring the show to East Dorset and the fabulous Lighthouse Theatre.

“It’s a great event for all ages and with tickets now on sale at the Box Office we hope people will book early to avoid disappointment.”

Contact the Lighthouse Box Office on 01202 280000.

Picture captions: Choirs and dance groups from across the East Dorset will share the Lighthouse Theatre stage in a unique dance and music show for local charities, Dorset Cancer Care Foundation and Wessex Heartbeat,

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