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The Children’s Dance Opportunities (CDO) fund has been established by parents, carers, family and supporters of children who attend S&N dance centre in Billingham. The fund is an unincorporated association with a constitution, Independent bank account and management committee, with support from a team of committed volunteers. It seeks to ensure that all children and young people who attend the dance centre are able to access the opportunities offered regardless of their personal, social and financial circumstances. It is located within Billingham South ward and draws membership predominantly from across Billingham and Norton.

The children have recently been through a rigorous audition process and have been selected to dance at a finale show at Disneyland Paris in April 2019. Whilst Disneyland Paris have offered this opportunity, costumes, travel and accommodation are not included, therefore CDO is currently seeking to raise funds to contribute to dancers costumes and travel costs to ensure that all 35 who auditioned are able to take part in this prestigious event – regardless of their financial background. The children are also fundraising through sponsored events (sponsored walk photo attached).

Whilst performing will undoubtedly be of significant benefit to the 35 children involved and will have an impact on their health and wellbeing and sense of self, it will also bring benefit to the local community. The children are avid supporters of community events, dancing at Billingham’s International Folklore Festival (photo attached), Community Carnival and Christmas lights switch on and will showcase their Disney performance throughout 2019

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