Dance show will raise cash for Hartlepool hospice

TOP-CLASS: Students from the Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts.
TOP-CLASS: Students from the Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts.

A DANCE academy has revealed plans to raise money for Hartlepool & District Hospice when it holds its annual show.

The Hartlepool-based Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts will be supporting the Wells Avenue-based hospice at its 16th annual show which starts later this month at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road.

The production is called Team DB Raise the Barre and it runs from Wednesday, January 28, to Saturday, January 31.

Organisers say it promises to be “a spectacular family variety show that showcases unbelievable talent. It will be packed with song, dance, comedy and drama.”

Academy principal Debbie Barrass explained why she chose the popular town charity.

She said: “We have chosen Hartlepool & District Hospice as our nominated charity this year as we feel that they provide so much wonderful care and support to all those that need it in their lives. There will be a raffle at each show to raise funds for the hospice.”

Hospice community fundraiser Janice Forbes welcomed the backing and said: “We are very grateful to have the support of such a group of talented young people and it is a highly recommended show, not to be missed. I am looking forward to seeing it.”

The show comes at a time when the academy is in the national spotlight. Members of the Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts won through to the final of TalentFest UK, a prestigious event held in association with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Academy principal Debbie Barrass was named Best UK dance teacher in the event, and her young proteges also scooped top titles at the event, judged by celebrities including The Only Way Is Essex’s Joey Essex.

Now comes the Town Hall Theatre show, where tickets are £9.50, or £8.50 with concessions. Anyone wanting to reserve tickets should contact 07866 756865 or ring the theatre box office on (01429) 890000.

The hospice is a registered charity offering specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year.

Individuals who access hospice services can be living with a variety of illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, Motor Neurone Disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.