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  • Dancing on Ice star opens new performing arts academy at Range High

    Danielle Thompson

    FORMER Dancing On Ice winner Ray Quinn has officially opened a new performing arts academy in Formby.

    On Friday, August 31, he opened the Star Performing Arts Academy for youngsters aged three-16 based at Range High School on Stapleton Road.

    Professional dancer and choreographer Emily Fletcher, 26, the owner of the academy, revealed that she will be teaching students the ‘triple threat’ – musical theatre, dance and drama. This will include jazz, modern and street dance as well as baby ballet.

    Emily will be holding a second launch event at Range High School at 5pm on Thursday, September 20 for parents and children to look around and see what the academy offers.

    Miss Fletcher said: “I have worked in the industry since graduating from Liverpool College, gaining a HNC in dance and performing arts as well as studying at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). I have performed on cruise ships, award ceremonies and various musicals and theatre productions at the Liverpool Empire and The Neptune theatre, plus cabarets up and down the country. I have also done TV work which includes Hollyoaks and The Feed.

    “I now want to share my passion and drive to make young aspiring performers not only believe in their dreams but in doing so to help build the skills and abilities required to assist them further into a career they desire. I want to truly make them the best that they can be.

    “They will learn first hand what it takes to be the next stage and screen icon and have fun in a positive environment whilst learning from a working professional.

    “Loved ones will get the chance to see the hard work that's been put in as at the end of every term we will be hosting our very own in house End of Term Show. You can watch your children shine as they take to the stage.”

    Ray Quinn starred as Anthony Murray in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside before coming second behind Leona Lewis in the third series of The X Factor in 2006. He won the fourth series of Dancing on Ice in 2009 and the final All Stars series in 2014. He was also the winner of the first series of Get Your Act Together on ITV.

    For more information on Star Performing Arts Academy, call Emily on 07394797081.

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