DANCING SHOES WREXHAM was first formed in January 2006 following the successful run of the pantomime Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood which was directed by Annie Lewis at Grove Park Theatre Wrexham. Supported by the theatre the group was primarily started at the request of some of the the cast and chorus dancers who, expressing the desire to dance all year round and not just at pantomime season, wished to expand and improve on their performance techniques and so, together with one or two of the parents who joined in for fun, they began to experience a wider range of dance and movement styles.
Since forming the group has moved from strength to strength performing in their own yearly Showcases and Christmas Workshops as well as receiving numerous invitations to appear and perform at open Days and Charity Events.
In November 2007 thirty nine dancers in full costume took part in a worldwide event 'THRILL THE WORLD' - performed at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhos this event was held to set the world record for the largest number of dancers performing simultaneously to 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson, DANCING SHOES WREXHAM being the only dance group in Wales to take part.
Now well established in the area and independent in ther own right since September 2008 the group has continued to grow and has seen many students pass through it's doors, Their motto 'EVERY CHILD MATTERS' allows for students aged from five whatever the ability, disability, religion or ethnic origin and every student is actively encouraged to choreograph and perform their own work in Showcases alongside their group routines.
THE 'WREXHAM AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE' PRESENTATION 2011
In 2011 the group were presented with 'THE WREXHAM AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE' by the Lady Mayoress on behalf of A.V.O.W. This award is a kite-mark award scheme developed by A.V.O.W on behalf of 'The Wrexham Children and Young People's Framework Partnership. As only one of twenty-six organisations to gain this award in the Wrexham area they are proud to be recognised and acknowledged that 'we have all the systems we need in place to run a 'safe' service for young people'.
The Team at DANCING SHOES WREXHAM believe that the expression of oneself through music and dance is more beneficial and rewarding to students when it is free from the stresses of competition and examination - in fact quite a number of the students have personal issues but, whether it be family, social or medical, they discover that learning new routines and even performing in public, something, many never dreamed they could or would do, in a structured but relaxed atmosphere is indeed fun and rewarding, and so their confidence grows.
The 10th Anniversary Year has come and gone we congratulate the number of students who have continued their love of dance into Higher Education and subsequently there are two of our founder students employed in the entertainment industry and performing abroad.