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Diss-run Thetford tap-dancing group completes 'tapathon' for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation




A dance school looks a shoe-in for future success after taking part in a national fundraising initiative to support the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Members of Centre Stage Studio signed up for a ‘tapathon’ as part of a nationwide event in which people learned and performed a dance routine choreographed by sixteen-time world tap dance champion Kai Scanlan.

On Sunday at 2pm, people up and down the country performed the dance at the same time, having been sponsored by friends and family to raise money for the good cause.

Nicole took over the business last year. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Nicole took over the business last year. Picture: Mecha Morton.

Dance teacher Nicole Cottee, of Tudor Avenue in Roydon, who has owned Centre Stage Studio since August, said it was great to be able to host and take part in a community event once again.

“We had 30 participants, which included some of our students and also family members, who wanted to join in with the fun,” said the 26-year-old.

“Luckily, the rain stopped long enough for us to enjoy the event and raise money for this great cause.

Nicole Cottee, dance business owner. Picture by Mecha Morton (47624516)
Nicole Cottee, dance business owner. Picture by Mecha Morton (47624516)

“It was great to do something together face to face, as we’ve been limited to Zoom for our classes for a while.

“We kept our full timetable going through lockdown so the students didn’t miss out on their classes and to provide some normality.

“Our participation in the tapathon has raised £122 so far, and we are still open for donations for a few more days.”

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has raised more than £30 million for lung cancer research since 1990, and has funded the first ever lung keyhole surgery, built a research centre, laid the groundwork for lung cancer screening and supports those suffering with the disease in countless ways.

To donate, visit the Just Giving website and search for Centre Stage Studio.



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