Youngsters from the Jamie Lee Dance Academy will perform in a unique show this weekend (Saturday March 10) to say thank you for the life-saving cardiac treatment received by their principal’s father.
Around 30 children will join young performers from across the area for Dancing with Choirs, at the Lighthouse in Poole on Saturday (March 10).
Jamie Lee Mason, principal of the Jamie Lee Dance Academy, explained: “My pupils love to perform and are very much looking forward to taking part in this amazing spectacle. We also have a personal reason to take part in that my dad Peter Male’s life was saved by the Wessex Cardiac Unit.”
Peter Male, now 72 and from Throop, is a former, professional pianist and musical director who has worked with stars such as Cliff Richard and Max Bygraves.
Following the sudden death of his brother David from a heart attack in 2012, Peter was advised to have his own heart checked out.
Tests revealed the four main arteries of his heart were blocked and he needed an immediate, quadruple heart bypass.
Peter said: “My brother David was a farmer in Throop and was very fit, so when he died it was a terrible shock.
“My mother had also died of a heart attack and so I took the advice to be checked out. Even so, I was knocked sideways to learn that I too could have had a fatal heart attack at any time.”
He continued: “The care given to me by the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, followed by expert surgery at Southampton General Hospital, undoubtedly saved my life.
“So I was thrilled to learn that Jamie -Lee and her students are taking part in this show which will benefit the Wessex Cardiac Unit at Southampton.”
Dancing with Choirs will see dance troupes and theatre schools sharing a stage with local choirs for the first time, with all money raised going to the cancer charity Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) and Wessex Heartbeat, which supports the Wessex Cardiac Unit.
Acts include Bournemouth Male Voice Choir, Rising Voices Choir, the Sound of Soul Choir, Centre Stage, Dance Crazy Dance School, and Parkewood School of Dance.
Dancing with Choirs will be directed by Marie Duffy Pask, choreographer of the internationally-acclaimed ‘Lord of the Dance’. Marie will also be bringing along some of her dancers to perform on the night.
Dancers will perform ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance while choirs sing songs ranging from show tunes to those written by Michael Jackson and Ellie Goulding.
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: “Like Jamie-Lee and her pupils, most of us know someone who has been touched by heart disease or cancer and have had access to the world-beating medical care we work hard to fund.
“We are excited to be teaming up with DCCF and sponsor Goadsby to bring Dancing with Choirs to East Dorset and the fabulous Lighthouse Theatre.
“It’s a great event for all ages and with just a few tickets still available at the Box Office we hope people will come and support the performers.”
Contact the Lighthouse Box Office on 01202 280000.
Picture caption:[jamiepeter] LIFE’S A STAGE – Peter Male’s life was saved by the Wessex Cardiac Unit at Southampton General Hospital. Choirs and dance groups from across the East Dorset will share the Lighthouse Theatre stage on Saturday March 10, 2018 in a unique dance and music show to benefit Dorset Cancer Care Foundation and Wessex Heartbeat. Peter is pictured with his daughter Jamie-Lee Mason, and young performers from the Jamie Lee Dance Academy, who will be performing in the show.
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