Dancing Dreamers Having The Time Of Their Lives

Financial support from Morley Glass has now enabled more than 100 young people to develop their dancing abilities with professional training through scholarships provided by a West Yorkshire dance school.

The company has funded the scholarships since 2018 at Freedom 2 Dance in Castleford, a community-focused dance school which is dedicated to increasing accessibility to dancing. One of the ways they do this is to ‘level the playing field’ by offering scholarships to children, which means they can benefit from professional dance tuition regardless of background or personal circumstances.

Freedom 2 Dance was first introduced to Morley Glass managing director Ian Short after he took the plunge into dancing himself by signing up to a Strictly Come Dancing style challenge to raise money for charity. Ever since, Short has remained passionate about dancing and the power it has to be able to build the confidence of young people, improve their wellbeing and even transform lives.

In addition to the 100+ scholarships funded to date by Morley Glass, the company has confirmed its backing for a further 24 students this year. This will enable Freedom 2 Dance to reach out to children who may otherwise be unable to access additional dance training to support their development.

According to Freedom 2 Dance director, Michelle Dickinson: “We’ve seen the far-reaching benefits that the scholarships bring to children so it’s fantastic to be able to continue them in 2023. The children benefit in particular by developing new friendships and confidence, which boosts their social skills and can transform their wellbeing.”


Picture: Olivia Choi (left, back row), professional dancer and teacher at Freedom 2 Dance, with Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass, with some of the budding dancers benefiting from the company’s support.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
15th February 2023


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