Dance session will boost funds for trip

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A COLLEGE will showcase the latest dance craze to help a teenage student raise funds for his trip to South America.

The new trend of Bokwa comes to East Durham College with the first session held tomorrow at the campus in Willerby Grove, Peterlee.

Fitness instructor Alison Turnbull will taking the sessions, which involve intense cardiovascular workout combined with a South African war dance, kickboxing and steps.

Bokwa is derived from a combination of two words. “Bo” represents light boxing and “Kwa” representing the cultural and traditional dance Kwaito.

Alison said the sessions would be great for anyone wanting to build strength and endurance. She added: “It’s great fun too.”

The classes will be held at Impact Health & Fitness, which part of East Durham College’s state-of-the-art sports facility Willerby Grove.

Leanne Tinkler, deputy sports centre manager at Impact Health & Fitness, said: “We’re always keen to introduce the newest fitness trends to help the local community keep fit and healthy.”

The taster session costs £2 and all proceeds will help fund a World Challenge Charity Expedition to Venezuela.

The first taster session is tomorrow from 10am to 11.30am. Weekly classes will then run from Thursday, April 26, at 6pm.

Alison said: “The money we get from the first taster session will be used to help my son Matthew, who needs to raise £4,000 to take part in the expedition.

“He will work with a local remote community, helping them with basic construction, maintenance and renovation.”

Matthew, 18, is studying for his A-levels at Durham Johnston School, in Durham City. He wants to help the charity during his summer break before heading to university.