A DANCE academy has qualified to represent Wales in the Dance World Cup this year.

The Coral Leigh Dance Academy, based in Connah’s Quay, use St Mark’s Hall Church as their base and will be up against other elite schools from across the world.

However, Rachel Attewell, director, said they are financially struggling to find enough funds to get all girls over to Portugal.

Mark Tami, MP for Alyn and Deeside, recently visited the school to see the work they do.

He said: “I heard about the academy’s fantastic achievement in qualifying for the Dance World Cup and I was very keen to come and show my support. It is always very nice to see local groups do well and it doesn’t come much bigger than representing your country at the world stage.

“Rachel was telling me about the struggle in finding enough sponsorship to ensure the girls can get over to Portugal. It would be such a shame if financial constraints would prevent the academy representing Wales.

“I saw first-hand the amount of work that these girls and their teachers put in and I know they’ll do a fantastic job representing Wales. I would therefore encourage any local businesses or organisations who are looking for sponsorship opportunities to get involved.”

The group consists of seventeen girls, all aged between seven and thirteen. The girls are now trying to raise enough sponsorship so they can all go over to Portugal and represent Wales.

More information about the academy can be found online at https://www.coralleighdanceacademy.co.uk/about-us