Youngsters Face Music and Dance; COVENTRY STAGE DANCE FESTIVAL

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Byline: BARBARA GOULDEN

A LITTLE piece of magic is being captured by hundreds of youngsters taking part in this year's Coventry Stage Dance Festival.

Some have their hearts set on a professional showbusiness career but most treat dancing as a hobby ... a chance to sample a touch of glamour and team spirit and build up their confidence.

Members of five dance schools - ranging from tiny tots to willowy teenagers - are competing for prizes at Cauldon Castle School in Wyken.

Colin Lang, vice-president of the Midlands Independent Dance Arts Association, has been invited to grade each performance and offer guidance for future development.

The festival started last Saturday and will continue over the next two weekends, ultimately involving up to 400 dancers.

Festival organisers Sandra Walker and Yvette Caputo, who run the Rhapsody Academy at Foxford School, in Longford, Coventry, are collecting donations during the event for the New York Firefighters Appeal.

Their own students are up against youngsters from the Sylvia Bird Dance Centre in Stoke; Abbey School, of Binley; the Alaine Academy, in Potters Green; and the Meriden Dance Studio.

Behind the scenes there was a fever of expectation as excited youngsters tackled their make-up, adjusted their costumes and checked they could still do the splits. …