Light fantastic charity campaign

Michelle Douglas School of Dance raised almost £2,500 for charity from two sell-out shows.

The school, founded by Michelle, 22, from Kelso in 2006, has presented Dance to Fight Poverty annually in her home town and this year celebrated its fifth performance with its most impressive show to date.

More than 500 people packed out the Tait Hall, raising £1,705 for Bombolulu School of Promise in Mombasa, Kenya, which the school has supported for the past few years. A sell-out show in Galashiels – a branch of the school opened in Gattonside last year – raised £730 for Comic Relief.

Michelle said: “Across the two evenings, 174 boys and girls ranging from four to 17 years of age took to the stage.

“Audiences were wowed by beautifully technical contemporary pieces, energetic and explosive hip-hop numbers and a show-stopping musical medley featuring numbers from Grease, Hairspray, Lion King and Footloose to name but a few. I would like to put out a huge thank you to all of the dancers and their parents for their commitment and dedication.

“Many thanks also to the hundreds of audience members who helped to make the events such a huge success and raise money for these great causes.”