Step out with Jennifer at fun-filled family class

Jennifer Ellison launches new dance workshops in Blackpool with dancers Tayluer Amos and Eleiyah Navis, both 14.
Jennifer Ellison launches new dance workshops in Blackpool with dancers Tayluer Amos and Eleiyah Navis, both 14.
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Fans of reality show Dance Mums With Jennifer Ellison will be able to get tips from the top at a weekend of special workshops in Blackpool.

Liverpool lass Jennifer will be hosting four half-day workshops at the Pleasure Beach’s Paradise Room during October half term.

Dance Mums Live will take place in Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, with musicals and soap star Jennifer fronting the event, alongside the choreographers from the hit TV show Craig Wharmby and Rossina Andrews, who will also be hosting a Q&A.

Girls and boys aged between eight and 17, will be able to take part in three 45-minute classes during each workshop, learning routines and techniques in genres ranging from street to classical.

And Jennifer says no experience is necessary for the fun-filled sessions.

“This is not going to be like Dance Mums the show,” she said. “It’s about having a fun family experience, meeting the girls and me and the choreographers in the flesh.

“All levels of experience are welcome, even if you’ve never danced, I’m not going to be screaming like on the show, it’s all about the fun.”

A spin-off of hit US series, Dance Moms, the first series of Dance Mums With Jennifer Ellison followed Jennifer and a ‘superstar dance-troupe’ from her Liverpool dance academy as they competed against the best in the ultra-competitive world of dance.

In the new series Jennifer, who played the wicked Carabosse in the Grand Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty pantomime last Christmas, teaches a group of rising dance stars at her own state-of-the-art Liverpool dance academy, with a final filmed at Blackpool cabaret venue Viva.

“I had just played panto at the Grand and filming the final in town felt like coming home and a chance to show everybody what Blackpool has to offer,” she said. “I was going for lunch between shows when I did panto, and would see girls all in their full make up and glittering costumes, going to dance competitions at the Winter Gardens or the Tower.”

And dancers heading to the workshops will be in with a chance of joining Jennifer’s team, if they impress, with some of her crew having left now and a third series of the show in the pipeline.

“We have to fill those big voids where people have left the team,” she said. “So I’m definitely looking for some talent.”

Tickets for Dance Mums Live go on sale on Thursday from www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com and www.dancemums.tv, costing £99 or £149 for VIP.