Dancers in urgent appeal for new home

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An award-winning dance troupe is desperately searching for a new home after being given just a few weeks’ notice that its current studios are 
closing.

Urban Dance Project (UDP) has been running dance classes for children and young people for three years, starting from its Bispham base to now offering tuition across Blackpool.

But owner Michelle Ramsey is searching for a new home after being told its home within Bispham Body Senze gym will not be available from June 6 as the gym is closing.

UDP is hoping a Blackpool business or organisation will be able to offer space as dance crews prepare for important shows and national competitions.

Ms Ramsey said: “It’s sort of panic stations.

“This has been our home for three years and where we’ve grown from.

“I’m really proud of everything we’ve achieved.

“It’s so important we have somewhere appropriate to train, we do so well in competitions and are training for the world championships now.”

UDP runs classes for more than 70 dancers, aged from three to 25, at the Bispham base each week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as advanced classes in Blackpool on Wednesdays and classes in South Shore on Thursdays.

The dance instructor has said classes ideally need to be held in a large room complete with floor to ceiling mirrors and a sprung dancefloor, as well as space to store equipment.

Ms Ramsey: “This is all ideal – a sprung dancefloor helps to prevent injuries.

“And we’d like to stay in 
Bispham as a lot of our children walk to classes.

“So somewhere that’s easily accessible would be great and affordable so I don’t have to up my prices for families.”

Dance crews from UDP are currently rehearsing for a show, ArtsCool, at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on June 8.

Ms Ramsey said: “We might be left with nowhere to rehearse in the last few days before a big show.

“But we’re sure we’ll make a positive from this and even welcome new dancers but I don’t want to lose any of the ones we’ve got.”

Businesses or organisations that could help UDP are asked to contact Ms Ramsey on 07584 359310.