Young dancers are ready to waltz their way into the international spotlight next month.
Performers from Teesside dance school Tapshoes and Tutus will take part in the Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance, and will take part in two routines.
The dancers are all so excited to be performing on such a big stage, and to see how dancers from around the world gear up for their routinesAmy Cairney
The first performance from the youngsters, who are aged between three and 11, will be based on the theme of Two Feathers in the Wind, while the second will take its inspiration from the countries taking part.
Dancers from across the world will entertain audiences for a weeklong programme of events, and Amy Cairney, who is guiding the Tapshoes and Tutus dancers, said: “As a young dancer, I always wanted to be involved in the festival, so to have the opportunity now with my young dancers is fantastic.
“They’re all so excited to be performing on such a big stage, and to see how dancers from around the world gear up for their routines.
“I’m so proud of them and know they’ll do me, their parents and Billingham proud.”
Troupes from Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, the Philippines, Serbia, USA and Sicily are set to arrive in the coming weeks ahead of the festival, which about 10,000 people attended last year.
It will be on from August 8 to 15, and core funding has come from Stockton Borough Council. About 10,000 people attended last year’s festival and organisers are confident this year’s packed programme of events will attract event more.
Coun Bob Cook, the leader of the council, said: “The festival is one of the highlights of the area’s events programme and we’re delighted to once again be funding it. It really puts Tees Valley on the map and brings performers and visitors from all corners of the world, which puts us in the international spotlight for all the right reasons.”
Most of the events will be held at the Festival Arena, in Billingham Town Centre, with other events being held in Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt, Middlesbrough Theatre and Billingham Forum. For more, visit www.billinghamfestival.co.uk.