A GROUP of dancers from a Musselburgh-based company set to perform in Liverpool next month have been helped on their way by a £1,000 donation from Musselburgh Over 50s Club, which meets at the Store Club.

The 15 girls, aged ten to 17-years-old, are students at the Louise Collie Dance Company (LCDC), which celebrated its 34th anniversary last Friday.

They are dancing on the main stage at the ACC Liverpool in the Can You Dance? Super Convention, and will get the chance to attend workshops as well as staging their performance.

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Louise Collie, who runs the company, said: “Our routine is a collaboration of all the teachers at LCDC and has a deep-rooted theme running through it.

“The group has been rehearsing five hours per week, learning, improving and polishing the routine.

“The kind and very well received donation from the Store Club has, with a previous donation from Emerald Decorators, paid for our transport to Liverpool.”

Louise added: “Our school is a community interest company which offers affordable, accessible and inclusive performing arts to people from the age of three months.”

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Louise started Dancercise Community School for Performing Arts in 1990 at the age of 17.

She explained: “The school’s ethos to this day is affordability, accessibility and inclusivity.

“The dancers are fully encouraged to perform at shows and events. They are given the choice to sit examinations and they are all given the opportunity to join the fully inclusive competition team.”