Show dedicated to Sheffield dance teacher

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A dance show that raises cash for communities around the world has been dedicated this year to a former troupe leader.

Every year since 2003, St. Francis of Assisi, Sheffield, have hosted a dance show in aid of the development charity CAFOD’s Lent appeal.

Along with Grazyna Swales, professional dance teacher Tony Womack helped to run the parish dance club at st Francis of Assisi, Sheffield, until his retirement a few years ago. The annual dance show has raised tens of thousands of pounds to help save lives.

This year’s show ‘Dream Girls’, was dedicated to Tony who died in December last year. It was staged in the St Francis’ church hall over two weekends, welcoming over 350 people though its doors.

The show featured the dance troupe, with other performers playing and singing between numbers, including local band ‘Cellar Vie’ who performed hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Sarah Bennet, director and choreographer, said: “This is my fourth year of doing the show and it definitely won’t be the last. CAFOD is an amazing cause that’s helping so many people, really affecting their lives in positive ways.”

The event raised nearly £4,000, and all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until May 12.

Grazyna Swales, who has been the driving force in organising the shows and selling tickets since 2003, said: “We do it to raise money for CAFOD. It’s a team effort.”