When Fiona Whyte, of Fi Steps dance group, heard she had been nominated for the Performing Arts category, she postponed her holiday. And it was not in vain.

Students past and present as well as their parents had put her forward for the award.

Clodah Sharp said: “I have been part of Fi Steps for 15 years. It’s been the most amazing 15 years of my life and given me the opportunity to perform in the West End and on cruises, in Disneyland and a lot more.”

Mrs Knowles said “Fi Steps provides opportunities for children to follow their dreams, make memories and dance on stages that they would not normally have access to. The children learn team work and confidence – skills they can use for the whole of their lives.

“This is all down to Fiona Whyte and her teaching team. They make children and their parents feel as though they are part of something very special.”

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