We have an extra spring – or should that be swing – in our step this week after watching the brilliant and very talented young dancers from the Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre from Fleetwood, near Blackpool, compete in the Dance World Cup Finals.

These impressive young people battled their way through all the anxiety and disruption of covid to win their hard-earned places at the Dance World Cup Finals, despite being unable to rehearse together for much of the last 18 months.

The all-genre Dance World Cup competition should have taken place in Spain this year but was moved to the Telford International Centre due to covid travel restrictions. Over 120,000 competitors from 62 countries took part in the competition, many of them doing so this year via video entry.

The Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre offers lessons in all dance genres, gym, drama, and musical theatre to children and young adults from Fleetwood, Blackpool, and the Fylde Coast. Twenty-four youngsters from the school took part in the Dance World Cup Finals this year, earning two silver medals and some really commendable finishing positions in tough sections.

Katie Wilson, choreographer from Barbara Jackson said:

“We are forever grateful to our sponsors Pathway Homes, their sponsorship helped us no end. Getting these kids to perform again and seeing them cry with emotion when they came off stage meant everything to us. We are so grateful our sponsors made this a memory to last forever, and we feel proud to wear them on our sleeves as a reminder of how thankful we are.” 

The Pathway Homes team is delighted to have been able to support these talented young people by sponsoring their team kits, entry fees, travel, and accommodation, and we look forward to following their progress and achievements over the coming years. Well done to them all.