Try magic, circus and dance classes

Becci Pearson, teacher of dance, musical theatre and magic
Becci Pearson, teacher of dance, musical theatre and magic
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If your New Year’s resolution was to try something new, a Blackpool-based dance school might give you the chance.

JLC Dance, on Ashworth Road, Marton, is throwing open its doors for a full three days this weekend – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – of free taster sessions.

Among the classes to try out will be circus skills, musical theatre, dance and even magic!

The studios are run by former professional dancers Janet Lee-Chapman and Brian Porter, who are also teachers at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. They have more than 44 years experience of ballroom and Latin and have been teaching for 25 years.

Classes are open to all ages and all abilities.

Becci Pearson has just joined the team at the dance school and will be teaching musical theatre, magic and circus.

Becci has worked all over the world, including on cruise ships and various theatres.

She said: “I’ve been working in the industry since I was 17, and I moved from Blackpool to Spain to touring doing magic.

“I’ll be running dance classes, musical theatre classes, but also running circus skills, acrobatics – things like aerial hoop work, and magic – everything from tricks with coin and cards, to illusions.

“It doesn’t matter whether people are seven, or 70, it’s suitable for all ages.

“I’m hoping to get people excited about variety again. It’s something which is maybe starting to come back into fashion, but has been lost in recent years.

“Shows like Britain’s Got Talent have helped, but I think it’d be great for people in Blackpool to learn these skills.

“There are the dance classes with Janet and Brian and they are fantastic, they’ve won so many medals and trophies.

“Janet is also a teacher trainer and is currently putting dance instructor Rachel Marsden through her paces.

“There will be fitness classes too, like Zumba and Fitsteps and other fitness classes, such as core and TRX suspension training, as well as personal training.

“There’s something for everyone really and anyone is invited to pop down at the weekend and give classes a try.”

Janet has been dancing since she was a young child – as her parents were ballroom and Latin dancers and later teachers.

She attended the Redmond School of Dance in Crosby and spent most of her youth competing in dance contests at Blackpool Tower Ballroom and The Winter Gardens.

She has performed onstage and TV, as well as taught and choreographed.

Brian started dancing after joining a drama society while studying engineering at university.

He trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London and has performed, choreographed and taught in many settings – from Opera North to his own company, as well as some TV work and even a pop video.

Janet said: “I think we both love the freedom dance gives to express ourselves and the ability to lose oneself in a dance and forget life’s worries.

“We love passing on our passion for dance – seeing someone go from

On the open days, classes will take place in timetabled slots, for a full list, visit www.jlcdance.net/open-day

Friday’s sessions will include kids ballet, salsa and family ballroom, on Saturday people can try among other classes, street dance, magic and boogie babes and on Sunday – sessions will include circus, Northern Soul and will conclude with a tea dance.

Call (01253) 693350 or 0787 153 2481.