Young aspiring dancers across the Fylde Coast have the chance to take part in a new dance and performing arts programme, set up by the AFC Fylde Community Foundation.

The AFC Fylde Performing Arts Academy will run during half term, from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November, at Mayfield Primary School in Lytham St Annes.

International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) qualified instructors will work with local children to create dance and performing arts pieces inspired by popular musicals such as Shrek, Hairspray and Matilda.

Every day, from 8.30am to 5pm, the children will take part in group activities covering different aspects of dance and performing arts – ending the week with an opportunity to show off their creativity to friends and family by performing in the academy show.

Open to children aged 5 to 15 years, participants can take part in the academy for just one day or for the whole week.

Charlotte Anderson, the Foundation’s Dance Development Officer, said: “What a perfect opportunity for local children to learn new skills, improve their coordination, get active and meet lots of new friends.

“Performing arts and dance are a combination of mental and physical skill, so both brains and bodies will be engaged throughout the week. Taking to the stage in front of a crowd is great for building confidence and charisma as well as being lots of fun.

“It’s also a chance for local children to learn more about musical theatre and cinema classics old and new. We hope they find a new favourite! Anybody interesting in signing up should get in touch. All they need to bring along is their creativity and a packed lunch!”

For more information visit, follow on Twitter @afcfct or call Tom Hutton, director of community development at The Foundation on 07739 796 101.