EDGWORTH's performing arts school will reopen its doors tomorrow with special discounted rates for families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Appleton Dickenson Performing Arts is introducing new dance classes alongside their popular acting classes at The Barlow after delivering them online.

During lockdown the theatre and dance group have put in place measures to ensure the classes are safe.

Lauren Dickenson said: "We aim to offer children opportunities to learn new performance, social and character building skills whilst creating a safe space where they can feel confident expressing themselves. Our ethos is to ‘Own Who You Are’ and we are passionate about bringing a bit of normality back into children’s lives where they can have fun and make new friends.

"We all lost a bit of routine in our lives during lockdown so we’re determined to offer something which gives budding performers something to work towards and be proud of.”

Lauren is a professional actress and runs the group with Anthony Appleton, who is a drama teacher.

They set up the theatre and dance school after volunteering to put on the village pantomime in 2017.

Tomorrow, a free dance workshop with professional dancer and Appleton Dickenson performing arts teacher Leah Frain will be taking place at The Barlow, Edgworth.

It is suitable for ages seven to 16.

To take part email adacting2018@gmail.com.

Lauren said: "The new dance classes will offer a focus on training performers in jazz, ballet, commercial, Hip Hop, Street, musical theatre and contemporary.

"These are all the major up to date dance styles needed to achieve success in not only the dance industry but in the performing arts industry as a whole.

"AD Performing Arts want to ensure their performers have all the tools they need to succeed when auditioning for drama schools or for professional work should they wish to pursue it in their future careers."