Dance academy

Stotfold’s Gifford Dance Academy wins £250 fund for new mats

09:00 10 May 2021

15:06 10 May 2021

Stotfold dancers can take big steps forward as lockdown restrictions ease with the rollout of new mats thanks to a prize from a local firm.

The Gifford Dance Academy (GDA), which has around 150 dancers, has received a £250 team sport prize from UK Power Networks. The welcome funding means the academy can purchase new mats before their triumphant return.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the past year has been difficult for the club as COVID guidelines limited their classes to an online-only format.

Around 150 dancers belong to the Stotfold-based Gifford Dance Academy, which has been awarded a £250 team sport prize
– Credit: Courtesy of UK Power Networks/GDA

GDA Head Coach Rebecca Gifford said: “These new mats will make a huge difference in helping dancers learn and practice new skills safely, while being essential to eventually working on their dances together again. acrobatic lifts once social distancing is relaxed.

“We are very happy to resume face-to-face lessons after so long. The dancers have done exceptionally well all year staying incredibly engaged and learning all their routines for this year’s competitions online as well as classes at the park over the summer.

“Continuing during the lockdown has not been easy as we have not been able to organize any of our usual fundraisers which help us run the club so we are extremely grateful for this donation as it will be a great help to the club. ‘opening. again.