Strictly Come DanceEast, Graham

DO I like that! Ex-England manager Graham Taylor is swapping the green turf of the pitch for the sprung wood of the dance floor, The Evening Star can today reveal.

James Marston

DO I like that!

Ex-England manager Graham Taylor is swapping the green turf of the pitch for the sprung wood of the dance floor, The Evening Star can today reveal.

Ipswich-based DanceEast Academy - the government's new Centre for Advanced Training in Dance for the region which is due to open in September - has secured the services of the 63-year-old who will act as patron for the organisation, alongside world-famous dancer Tamara Rojo, principal with the Royal Ballet.


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The move comes after Mr Taylor developed an interest in dance after speaking at the DanceEast leadership conference earlier this year and taking a crash course in dance appreciation.

The news has delighted DanceEast bosses.

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DanceEast director Assis Carreiro said: “We are thrilled to have Graham as a patron for the new DanceEast Academy.

“We sent him on a crash course in dance appreciation last autumn and he is now a keen enthusiast for the art form.

“He was overwhelmed by parallels in the world of dance and football - not only in the final performance but also in the discipline, dedication and vigour of training of young people from an early age.

“He understands the discipline and passion needed and he will be able to offer inspiration and motivation for our young hopefuls.”

The DanceEast Academy is today looking for youngsters who would like to become professional dancers.

DanceEast Academy co-ordinator, Lucy Hegarty, said “It's the chance of a lifetime for the region's most talented young dancers and it's all part of a new government initiative to nurture talent in the regions.

“We are looking for young people who would love to become professional dancers. The DanceEast Academy will offer expert teaching out of school hours and during school holidays.”

If you are aged between ten and 14 in September and love to dance you can find out more about the DanceEast Academy at a special Open Day for young people and their parents in Ipswich on Saturday, April 12 at Northgate Arts Centre.

To book a place call DanceEast on 01473 639230 or e-mail academy@

danceeast.co.uk

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