Dance stars make waves

A TRIUMPHANT dance group have just returned from a magnificent experience performing on a cruise ship.

Twinkle-toed dancers from Butterfly Dance Studios felt like famous stars when they performed on the MSC Opera liner during an eight-day cruise.

Among the performers were Annie-Rose Grantham, of Cowick, Sophia Christou, Lucy Munro and Gabbie Hookham, all of Rawcliffe, and Isabelle Beardsall, of Snaith, Kyra Mackinnon, of Rawcliffe Bridge, and Aimee Kelly, of Rawcliffe.

The 22-strong group, aged 10 to 22 years, took to the stage in the ship’s theatre on three evenings in front of an appreciative audience of 800 people from various countries.

Butterfly dance teacher Jennifer Rudge said: “They absolutely loved the experience. When they got home, some of them got quite upset because they wanted to go back.

“Some of them have decided that dancing professionally on a cruise ship is what they want to do as a career.

“They had a fantastic time. Because they were on stage three nights, people started taking pictures of them. The girls felt like they were famous.”

The youngsters were joined on the cruise, which took in Holland, Guernsey, France and Spain, by their parents. During the trip they also spent time with the ship’s professional dancers and asked them lots of questions.

Jennifer, of the Goole dance school, added: “The cruise director aboard remarked to our dance teachers that Butterfly were the best dance group that had performed on the ship.”