By Sophie Tizit
Dancesport, also known as “Competitive Ballroom Dancing” has been a popular sport for quite a while.
In 1909 the first unofficial Ballroom Dancing competition took place, but over the past years, popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing has influenced many young people to take up dancing.
Here in Dorset, the Julie Adams Stage School (JASS) is one of the most popular dance schools in the region.
Julie Adams, owner of JASS, is extremely passionate about what she does and is dedicated in making children from the age of two enjoy this sport which is rewarding in many ways.
The Little Stars classes at JASS are a tremendous way of getting young children active as well as working on other skills.
In these classes, children do not only develop their dance, drama and singing techniques but also work on their confidence, imagination, independence , co-ordination and self expression.
At JASS, early learning skills in numeracy and literacy are introduced. Technical ballet terms such as “Plié” will also introduce languages.
The enthusiasm of the Little Stars is incredible. Savannah, four, said with great pride: “Today we are doing ballet and tap” before running into the studio to put her tap shoes on.
Julie puts on annual shows, getting her whole school involved. The influence of Strictly reached counties all over the country where glitz, glam and professional dances will impress the audience.
Julie says: “I take inspiration from my passion and from other musicals and shows.”
This year, JASS will be performing at the O2 Academy on the 12th and 13th of December for their Christmas show.