DANCE schools from across the region – including the Sarah Royle School of Dance, Warrington – got together to stage a four-day show for cancer research
One Small Step at the Brindley Theatre, Runcorn, raised £5,600 for the cause.
Now in its 16th year, the event has grown tremendously. Starting out as a single show in 2001, it has raised more than £50,000 for local charity North West Cancer Research.
Each year, the dancing extravaganza gives around 16 dance schools and local theatre and choir groups the chance to showcase the best of its performing arts talent.
Graeme Scragg started the event when his auntie Kath Shorter was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Since then he has dedicated his time and effort to create a variety of events that have raised money for cancer research.
He said: “This was another successful year. All the performers worked extremely hard to rehearse and put on a great show.
“The great thing with One Small Step is that it showcases everything within dance and performing arts. This year’s event featured contemporary dance schools, performing arts centres and even the Highfield Male Voice Choir.
“Since I started the fundraising, I had a target of raising £50,000 for North West Cancer Research. Now I’ve hit it, I think it’s time to re-evaluate my target and strive for even more.”
North West Cancer Research has committed to funding more than £13 million worth of cancer research based across the North West over the next five years.
One Small Step will return to Brindley Theatre next year and will run from May 30 to June 2.