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New Woodford Green dance class for children with Down’s syndrome ‘almost full’

PUBLISHED: 15:52 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 01 March 2017

Mary Shultz and Bev Weeks have started a new dance class for children with Down's Syndrome at All Saint's Church in Woodford Green

Mary Shultz and Bev Weeks have started a new dance class for children with Down's Syndrome at All Saint's Church in Woodford Green

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A new dance class has started for children with Down’s syndrome, and after the first lesson it is already almost full.

Dance 21, which runs every Thursday in All Saints’ Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, aims to help youngsters with the genetic condition improve the physical and social skills.

Mum-of-two Christine Kite set up the class with her friend Kathy Hart, after her daughter got tired of travelling to Chelmsford for dance lessons. She said the first class was a “great success”.

“We had 19 children, and we have had 21 sign up, so soon we are going to have to introduce a waiting list,” Christine, of The Charter Road, Woodford Green, told the Recorder.

“All of the children had fun, and one child went into class and told everyone about the dancing he had done the night before.”

The 53-year-old said it was experiences like these which made setting up the class so worthwhile.

“There was nothing like it in our area, so this shows how important it is.”

Christine’s daughter Amber used to go to a Dance 21 class in Essex, but it took a long time to drive, and so that was when Christine approached the organisers to set one up in Woodford Green.

“It’s very good for people with Down’s syndrome to improve their memory with dance routines,” Christine explained.

“Amber loves music and dancing and she loves the performance side of it because she’s a bit of an actress.

“The classes are also great socially as she is able to make really good friends for when she grows up.”

And with the popularity of the first class, Christine thinks they may have to start a second one.

“If we do get more people we will have to inquire about setting up another session.

“We would make sure it’s at the same church,” she added.

Call 07917 021295 for information.

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