01:31 PM October 18, 2022

He has been dancing since he was a child, and now Tom Withington has set up his own dance academy on the North Norfolk coast.

Mr Withington, 26, has just started TW Performing Arts in Cromer Road, Sheringham, the town he is from.

He said he was delighted to be able to share his love of dance and pass on the skills he has learned with the next generation of dancers since the academy launched earlier in October.

Mr Withington said: “It’s been going very well so far and the feedback has been amazing. I’m fully aware that this is a new concept for the region.

“I know from growing up at Sheringham that there’s a huge need for something like this, and that was part of my motivation. I wanted to do something bold and fresh, with new ideas.”

Mr. Withington’s school teaches children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19. Classes include Commercial Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Creative Dance and Dance Conditioning.

He said: “There are a variety of hugs for children.

“It’s also different in that we train on a more intensive day, rather than spreading the lessons out over a week, and we don’t do program work.”

Mr. Withington also works as a freelance lecturer in dance and performing arts at City College Norwich and other performing arts institutions.

He said he benefited from the lessons of a talented local dance teacher, Siobhan Webster, when he was young, which enabled him to perform at Cromer Pier, Sheringham Little Theater and Great Yarmouth Racecourse. He also attended Aylsham High School, London Contemporary Dance School and Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance in London.

He also participated in a DanceEast Center for Advanced Training (CAT Scheme) program in Ipswich, which provides scholarships for young talent.

While teaching the lessons himself, Mr Withington said he had the support of three ‘student ambassadors’ – Bethany Pratt, Caitlin Campbell and Lucas Blair – who supported the lessons and acted as teaching assistants and models.

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