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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Volunteers step forward to aid Workington dance school

People power has helped to transform an empty Workington building into a dance school.

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PAINTING PARTY: From left: Tegan Pattinson, Francesca Pattinson, Tyler Hartley, Leah Hartley and Jordan Milburn in the new dance studio

About 30 volunteers helped Maria Pattinson to revamp part of a former Workington Sixth Form building at Moorclose into a centre for her Maria Frances School of Dance.

Maria hopes all that work on the new Studio 9 Dance and Fitness Centre will be completed by early next month.

A former art department on the ground floor will become a dance studio, changing rooms and dance wear shop.

The project has cost around £15,000, funded through grants and donations.

Maria, who grew up in Workington, said: “I’m so grateful for all of the help from the volunteers. They have said they will be back to help out this weekend.

“I want to provide people in Moorclose and the wider community with something they can use and be proud of.”

Paint was donated by Steve’s Paints and tiles came from Horizon, on Clay Flatts.

The studio will teach a variety of dance, Zumba, Pilates and performing arts.

It is now looking for grants and funding to turn a first floor room into a dance studio.

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