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Community award for student who set up dance project

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: July 10, 2013

INSPIRED: Kick Back Street Dance Group – Keris, Charlie, Tully, Shanice, Paige, Holly, Chloe, Ellie, Lily, Chloe, Shannon, Levi, Chelsea and Leah with, back row, from left, Lady Iona Molesworth-St Aubyn, Aidie Armstrong and Jacquie Gammon.

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A TEENAGER from Bodmin has won a community award for inspiring children on the Berryfields estate to take up dance.

Aidie Armstrong started the Kick Back Street Dance Group eight months ago, and it has proved to be a huge success.

The group, which includes members as young as 5, began as part of workshop sessions organised by the Ark for Berryfields and District Community Association.

Dance instructor Aidie asked if she could extend the sessions and months of hard work resulted in a high level of performance, including at the Hall for Cornwall.

The Bodmin College student is about to take up a place at a performing arts college in London, and at their annual general meeting, Berryfields' trustees wished her well in her future career and awarded her with the first Berryfields and District Community Centre community award for her dedication to the project.

The AGM, attended by the association's president, Lady Iona Molesworth-St Aubyn, Bodmin mayor Ken Stubbs and his deputy Andy Coppin, was treated to a performance by the dance group, which has been training at the community centre, and Aidie performed a dancing tribute to her hardworking young dancers.

Trustee Steve Rogerson said Aidie deserved her award and was pleased that her inspirational work would now continue after she leaves for London.

He said: "We are all delighted to be working with Ms Dures at Bodmin College to secure the assistance of other senior students to assist with further dance work at the Berryfields Centre next year. They will be assisted by Aidie's mum, Emma, who will continue to oversee the sessions."

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