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Can You Dance? Yes We Can! Footlights Heading for CYD Convention
13 Oct 2023

Dancers from Footlights Dance School in Shrewsbury are to perform on the main stage at the prestigious Can You Dance? super convention in Liverpool this month. Pictured: dancers from Footlights Dance School at Blackpool's famous Tower Ballroom earlier this year. 

Shrewsbury dancers will take centre stage at one of world's biggest touring dance events - CYD? Super Convention in Liverpool later this month. 

Footlights Dance School, which was founded in 2005 by dance teacher Michelle Handley in Shrewsbury, will join schools from across the UK, Malta, Spain, Dubai and Gibraltar at the convention, on October 14 and 15 at the  Exhibition Centre Liverpool and ACC. 

As well as performing, the dancers from Footlights Dance School will have the chance to participate in masterclasses led by a top-class faculty, including TV star Oti Mabuse, one of the professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing, who is set to make a star appearance!

Footlights Dance School at Blackpool Tower on the stage

Michelle said: "The CYD? Super Convention is one of the most highly anticipated events in the world of dance and the chance to perform on the largest custom built stage for dance schools is an incredible opportunity for dancers to showcase their talent and creativity!

"We are honoured and excited to be part of it this year. Our dancers have poured their heart and soul into this performance and we can't wait to share it with you all."

CYD? is a trailblazing dance convention company founded in 2011 by industry professionals Matt Flint & Tom Shilcock. Matt is a creative director and choreographer for TV, Film and Theatre including shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Tom, a professional dancer and choreographer has danced for a multitude of international artists including Rita Ora, Take That, Jason Derulo and many more! 

The CYD? conventions have gained international recognition as the biggest touring dance event, consistently bringing new opportunities to aspiring dancers.

“Our aim has always been to create opportunities for young dancers and to be able to bring this event back to Liverpool for the 4th time is very exciting for us,” says Tom.