Stepping in the right direction

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WHEN Bailiff Bridge dancer Sean Selby formed Heavy Arts Theatre School five years ago, he had no idea if the venture would succeed.

Though he was mad about dance and keen to pass on his expertise to young students, setting up a new theatre school was very much a shot in the dark.

Five years on Sean, who established Heavy Arts with fellow dancer Matthew Slater in 2007, has put on seven successful productions and is looking forward to taking the company to the capital at the end of the month to perform at the London Amateur Stage Expo.

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, dancers from Heavy Arts are putting on a show at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4. ‘If You Believe’ will feature excerpts and iconic moments from shows as varied as ‘West Side Story’, Heavy Arts’ first stage venture, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Footloose’ and Disney’s ‘High School Musical’.

Sean said: “When we look back now at our first show, it’s obvious how much we have progressed and how much more confidence we have.”

Heavy Arts Theatre School meets at Moldgreen Community Primary School in Huddersfield and provides performing arts training for five to 18 year-olds.

Sean said: “It’s been great to see students who have started with us go on to have careers in the theatre, whether on stage or behind the scenes. We are hoping some of them will come back to see the show and join the celebrations.

“I think my favourite show of the past five years has to be ‘The Wiz’ from 2010. It was a turning point for us and that’s when I really thought we had upped our game.”

l Boys are needed to appear in Heavy Arts’ next production, the Madness musical ‘Our House’. Auditions will be held on March 11. To find out more contact 01484 714480.