Derbys on the dance floor

HOT DANCE: The Elite street dance crew from Spalding and instructor Kimberley Chapman (front).  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG200215-203TW.
HOT DANCE: The Elite street dance crew from Spalding and instructor Kimberley Chapman (front). Photo (TIM WILSON): SG200215-203TW.
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Sweat, tears and possibly blood could be spilled in Spalding when the regional semi-final of a countywide dance competition takes place on Friday.

Street dance groups from Gosberton, Holbeach, Kirton, Long Sutton and Spalding will be up against teams from Boston at South Holland Centre for the right to be crowned Dance Factor Lincolnshire 2015 finalists from the area.

The action starts at 8pm when ten weeks of training and rehearsals at church halls, youth clubs and sports centres across South Holland and Boston are put to the test in front of a panel of judges.

Kate Thomas, arts engagement worker for Transported which is supporting the competition, said: “We are delighted to be working with a variety of partners to bring Dance Factor to South Holland and Boston Borough Council districts.

“It’s been a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved with dance for free and to take part in an activity that can have so many positive effects on both physical fitness and emotional wellbeing.”

Dance Factor Lincolnshire is funded by a £48,500 grant from the Big Lottery Fund which was secured after a public vote by telephone in November.

Semi-finals have already been held in Skegness and Gainsborough, with another semi-final for dance groups from Bourne and the Deepings taking place at Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, on Saturday at 8pm.

Kate said: “The support we received from local people and businesses when we were campaigning for the funding was fantastic and it was a great chance to tell people about the project.

“Everyone we spoke to was really excited and positive about Dance Factor coming to South Holland and Boston, a project that has created 27 new street dance crews across Lincolnshire and provided more than 750 young people aged between 11-18 with up to ten weeks of sessions with a professional dance artist.

“But Dance Factor isn’t just about dancing as it also gives young people a voice, more confidence, access to a positive activity and a chance to make new friends.”

Tickets for Friday’s semi-final at South Holland Centre are priced £3 and available by calling 01775 765412.