A 17-year-old is aiming to prove to young dancers that anything is possible - after she set up her own class.
Lauren Willis, a dance devotee from Stretham Way in Bourne, set up her own dance class called LDC, which aims to teach youngsters from as young as three street and commercial dance.
A former Bourne Academy pupil, Lauren went to her first dance class at the age of seven, and is now finishing her first year at Brooksby Melton College where she is studying a range of dance genres including jazz, tap, breakdancing, Irish tap and Bollywood.
Lauren said: “I’m very passionate about dancing and I believe it can improve people’s confidence. I was bullied when I was at school and my dancing definitely helped me to overcome this and become confident with who I am.”
Lauren organised through Twitter, for her LDC dance class to have a two hour workshop with two members of the dance troop Flawless, who found fame when they made it to the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent final.
Lauren said: “ I wanted my LDC members to see anything is possible and be inspired to follow their dreams like Flawless.”
The workshop which had dancers Swoosh and Oddey, proved successful as 42 of Lauren’s dance pupils were taught routines and given technical advice.
Lauren said: “ They are still messaging us now to see how we are, and enquiring on how its all going, I can’t wait to invite them down again”.
Proud mum Tracey Willis added: “They both praised Lauren for giving something back to the community. Flawless were so inspiring and completely done to earth an absolute pleasure to meet.”
Lauren has recently organised for the winner of the television show ‘Got To Dance’ Lukas MacFarlane to do a dance workshop at the Elsea Park Community Centre in Bourne, for beginners who are eight years and over. The workshop will take place on July 25.
Lauren said: “ I am very excited for LDC to learn a new genre of dance. I think Lukas is such an inspiration and we will learn so much from him.”
The group also recently took part in Bourne’s Summer Carnival and Lauren hopes to continue growing its success. She eventually hopes to have her own venue, dance grading and be able to enter her class into competitions.
She added: “My aim is make myself the best dancer that I can be and to witness the dance industry. At the same time I want to make LDC grow and become successful.”
Find out more at www.facebook.com/pages/LDC.