A DANCE school owner is encouraging youngsters to come along to her new classes - and they can bring their Teddy bear too.
Carol Hammond, who runs the Carol Hammond School of Dance which is based in Dalton Street in Hartlepool, is starting the Charlie Bear Club.
It begins on Friday, September 12, and it is available for children aged from two to four.
Carol said: “There are no competitions, no exams and no shows. It is just pure fun each week”.
The classes will run from 4pm to 4.30pm and they are only one part of a number of new attractions being offered by Carol from her studios.
Also on the way are sessions for children who are aged between five and nine.
They will get a chance to try out tap, jazz, contemporary dance and musical theatre in a new programme called the Broadway Theatre Club. It will start on Saturday, September 13 and will run from 9am to 10am.
Classes for adults are also being held by Carol who is an ideal person to lead the way. She has vast experience in the business and has travelled to many countries as an examiner for the International Dance Teachers Association.
She said: “Adult Latino classes are a great alternative to Zumba. If you find Zumba a little too energetic then try our solo Latino classes every Wednesday.”
The sessions include types of dance such as salsa, mambo, cha cha, jive, and bossa nova and Carol said: “They help with all levels of fitness and no partner is needed.
“If ballroom dancing is more your taste, then why not try our Sunday night Absolutely Beginners social dance class which runs from 7pm to 8pm where you can learn the basic waltz, quickstep, and foxtrot.
“There are many benefits of dance. They include physical, social and psychological. Dancing is a fantastic way to improve your health as well as making new friends.”