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AN award-winning dance company in Radcliffe are appealing for keen new members to join their ever-increasing team of performers.

Freak Dance, based in Dale Street, trains children of all ages and abilities and with various lessons and classes on offer.

After opening its newest branch in Bury earlier this year, the troupe now cater for more than 500 children with the hope to continue to expand and build on current success.

A recent successful trip to Los Angeles – where several awards were brought back home – has led to a second trip being planned with rehearsals for the 2019 visit – where 36 lucky dancers will be selected to compete – currently underway.

Manager at the studio Jak Wren, who also leads many of the classes, said that the company is going from strength to strength with more exciting plans on the horizon.

He said: “The students are progressing nicely. It's good to see people grow not just in dance, vocal or performance ability but in confidence and as a person.

“Our students should be very proud of themselves in their achievements as I know the team here at Freak Dance are very proud of them as are their supporters away from the studios.”

Although spaces for the LA trip at a premium, Jak added that there is always room for dancers if they can prove their worth.

He said: “We are always on the lookout for more dancers and we could squeeze a few more in for LA but they would have to match the current standards of the members.

“I would encourage anyone interested though to contact the studio and we can try and arrange something.”

The troupe – which has picked up several awards in recent years including being named the best school-age club in the borough at the Raring2go! Bury Awards – recently performed at a hip-hop event in Wythenshawe where 100 dancers spread over six different categories were taken.

Each team competed in solo rounds, duos and quad events along with team events where the company placed in all six events.

A new sister company called ‘FAMALAM’ has now also been set up for adults to join in the dancing fun.

Jak said: “At our last event many parents joined in and we have noticed an increased interest from adults recently.

“Therefore we are recruiting for a parent team that will now run along our usual timetable of dance, singing, fitness and performance classes.”

For further information about Freak Dance or to book into a class, people should contact the studio on 07814 384689 or visit the website at www.freak-dance.co.uk.