Emma’s dancing with joy over grant

Emma Dunn and members of the Alnwick Youth Dance group.
Emma Dunn and members of the Alnwick Youth Dance group.

A DANCE teacher’s dream has come true after she scooped a grant for her company.

Emma Dunn, who runs Dansformation, has received funds from the Arts Council for a project which will allow her to have a base at Alnwick Playhouse for rehearsing, as well as putting on shows.

It will mean Emma and her company will be able to take dance on tour and to rural communities.

The 37-year-old, from Lesbury has had a passion for dance since she was a youngster and said the grant is the culmination of ‘17 long years of hard work’.

“When I found out, I felt like a little girl whose dream had come true,” she said.

“It has always been my dream to have a dance company based in Alnwick, where I am from.”

The first stage of the project is to develop a show which will be performed at the Playhouse on Thursday, May 28.

It will also see international dancers and artists, including people from Brazil and Montreal, come to Alnwick to perform and impart their talents.

Dance will be taught to all ages and all abilities and the first show will be at the Playhouse on Thursday, June 28. It will then hopefully go on tour, using Dreadnought buses.

“I think it is crucial that everyone has a chance to access the arts,” Emma said.

“I think dance and participation is very important.”

Emma also praised Jo Potts, the manager at the Playhouse.

“We’ve got a great relationship and Jo is really interested in dance and young people and has even helped to set up a group for young people.”

Emma started dancing with the Alnwick Academy of Dance before she went into teaching at the age of 20.