12 dance their way in to pantomime places

Jo-Anne Torre and dancers from the show.
Jo-Anne Torre and dancers from the show.

A dance group is celebrating after being selected to provide a dozen dancers for a theatre production.

More than 50 budding dancers auditioned for spots at the Easter pantomime Beauty and the Beast staring Keith Chegwin, Anne Hegerty and Basil Brush at Playhouse Whitley Bay on March 28 and 29.

And the final 12 chosen were from Whitley Bay-based Decote Dance, run by Jo-Anne Torre.

The dancing dozen – aged seven to 17 – are Romy Bell, Rowan Williams, Brooke Thompson, Isabelle Goodwin, Nancy Mosely, Anna Blundell, Livia Zackrisson, Brooke Richardson, Megan Butler, Evie Ford, Megan Curry and Jodie Stewart.

Jo-Anne said “I was so proud of all the dancers who came along to audition, making choosing the final 12 a very difficult decision.

“I am delighted Decote Dance have been asked to be a part of this years Easter pantomime and so excited for all those involved, it’s a wonderful opportunity for young talented dancers to experience.”

Tickets are available for the Beauty and the Beast performances from Whitley Bay Playhouse at 5.30pm with a matinee performance on Monday, March 28, at 2pm.

Decote Dance offers a range of classes for tots to teens and beyond with the core focus to encourage children and young people to move through dance and exercise.

Accredited dance classes include ballet, jazz, tap, freestyle, musical theatre and singing with junior funk, contemporary and commercial dance options available too.

Jo-Anne Torre, owner of Decote Dance, IDTA qualified and based at Whitley Bay Young People’s Centre was awarded in 2015 the ‘Positive Peter’ award by the Dance Teacher Hub recognising Jo-Anne as the most positive dance teacher in the country out of 3,000 entrants.

Jo-Anne is also owner of Decote Diggers and partner in Decote Fitness.