Celeb dancer Kirsty Swain to work with SEN students in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 11:43 24 November 2011

Kirsty Swain Step into Dance patron with the Youth Company

Kirsty Swain Step into Dance patron with the Youth Company


A celebrity dancer who is partially deaf was declared the special education needs patron for a community dance organisation during a school performance.

Kirsty Swain, 29, who was a finalist in the BBC’s hit show, So You Think You Can Dance, attended the experimental dance evening at Townley Grammar School on Monday where the patronage was announced.

She will work with 33 special educational needs schools – including some in Bexley – for Step into Dance, a secondary school programme which offers training sessions and performance opportunities for pupils across the capital.

Mrs Swain said: “I feel so privileged to be a patron of Step into Dance. I love what it stands for.

“Not only does it give young people the chance to learn about different dances styles from around the world, but it’s fun and a brilliant way to express yourself.

“Anyone who takes part will get something wonderful from it whether it’s to enhance their dance ability or to keep fit.

“I promise all those involved will gain confidence, have a lot of laughter and take away a real sense of achievement.”

During the evening, Townley students performed a contemporary dance piece which included improvisation and audience participation.

To find out more about Step into Dance, which is led by the Royal Academy of Dance, contact Miranda Peake at or call 020 7326 8036.

The group would also like to hear from any qualified dance teachers who are interested in teaching in secondary schools.

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