Bring a bear to new Hartlepool dance class

HAVING FUN: Carol Hammond and her grandson Sunghee, promoting the Charlie Bear Club.
HAVING FUN: Carol Hammond and her grandson Sunghee, promoting the Charlie Bear Club.

A DANCE school owner is encouraging youngsters to come along to her new classes – and urged them all to bring their Teddy Bear too.

Carol Hammond, who runs the Carol Hammond School of Dance which is based in Dalton Street in Hartlepool, recently started the Charlie Bear Club.

The aim of the Charlie Bear Club is for children – such as her grandson Sunghee Jang – to get a taste of dance without it being linked to competitions or shows.

Carol said: “It is for children aged from two to three years and it runs on Saturdays.”

She described the sessions as “a fun exercise and dance class”.

“And the thing is they have to bring their favourite teddy bear to dance with.”

There are no competitions, no exams and no shows, said Carol.

And that’s because Carol wants the children who take part to have “just pure fun each week”.

Carol is an ideal person to lead the way with children.

She has vast experience in the dance business and has travelled to many countries as an examiner representing the International Dance Teachers Association.

Now she has launched the Charlie Bear Club, in which classes run on a Saturday from 1pm to 1.30pm.

And it comes at a time when the Carol Hammond School is enjoying great success.

We told late last year how the school sent a contingency of 30 people to the International Dance Teachers Association classical finals, which were held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

More than 2,000 people were at the event from all over the country but the dancers from Hartlepool, who were aged from eight to over 60, more than held their own.

They had 19 finalists including a superb four in one category alone.