Five Generations Share Dance Passion

by Catherine Smyth Media

FIVE generations of the same family are all dancing at a Bacup dance academy.

Principal of Dansworks Dance Academy Karen Roe, 48, has been joined by her daughter and granddaughter, her mother and grandmother.

The newest family member Scarlett Scott is only two but is already following in her grandmother Karen’s footsteps as she joins her mum Becki, 22, in Dance Tots.

She also takes part in three classes on a Saturday – tap and ballet, street dance and musical theatre.

Karen’s grandmother Elsie Smith, 87, is the matriarch and keeps fit at mature movers where she is joined by her daughter Yvonne Price, 66.

Yvonne said: “I also do tap and was in the zumba class until work prevented me from attending. I like being taught by my daughter because she is a good teacher.

“I used to dance when I was very small and but I wanted to be on the stage and was not too keen on the lessons.

“I fell down the stairs about 10 years ago and hurt my legs. We bought a bungalow because I couldn’t even get up the stairs anymore.

“I was gradually getting worse and worse and couldn’t walk properly then I started dancing and look at me now.”

Yvonne will be chaperoning Dansworks dancers on a trip to Malta next year when they will join in the annual show with the academy’s twin Dance College Studios.

Great-great-grandmother Elsie joined the dance school in 2011 but from the age of 40 was a ballroom dancer.

“Coming to the classes means I get to meet people and I always feel better afterwards; it is good to exercise,” said Elsie.

Dansworks opened in January 2008 and has been based in Pioneer Buildings since 2010.

Karen said: “It is lovely to have the five generations dancing here together and I already have great aspirations for my granddaughter.”

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