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Teacher leading way in dancing through lockdown

Hannah Mills

Dance teacher Hannah Mills is hosting online classes with a difference to cater for the growing demand for fitness and fun during lockdown.

Ms Mills launched her Stonehouse-based company H Dance Collective in January and it was beginning to take off before social distancing restrictions kicked in.

She decided the coronavirus lockdown was not going to keep her business quiet and moved it online by setting up a members only area on her website for existing students to carry on their classes.

And having started live taster sessions via Facebook and Instagram, her client base has grown as people look to take up a new challenge or revitalise lost skills while at home.

Ms Mills trained at the famous Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London before becoming a teacher and has toured theatres with numerous dance productions.

She was taking her own choreographed show on board a P&O cruise until the pandemic stopped her in her tracks.

She said: "I've refocused my energy in H Dance Collective and I am firmly rooted in Gloucestershire now.

"I've gained students since I launched my taster sessions and I'm also running a regular timetable of live classes for a donation of just £1 per person. Anyone can join in."

She is focusing her live classes on commercial dance for anyone who has been tempted to pick up the hairbrush and boogie to Britney or Beyonce.

And for her regular students, she believes the continuation of classes has been light relief.

She said: "Some of the 15 and 16 year olds were due to leave school this summer and have their proms so they have enjoyed having the routines to focus on.

"I've set them challenges such as teaching the steps to a family member and send me the videos of the performances. It has been a lot of fun."

For more information visit www.hdancecollective.com  or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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