A Gleek outlook!

Ashton Youth Dance project have recieved brighter Borough funding from three councillors Nigel Ash, Bill Clarke and Joel Haddley, who are pictured with project leader and dance coach Cary Riding

Ashton Youth Dance project have recieved brighter Borough funding from three councillors Nigel Ash, Bill Clarke and Joel Haddley, who are pictured with project leader and dance coach Cary Riding

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ITS the feel-good series from over there which captivates teens over here.

And now the hit American TV series Glee is inspiring performing arts counterparts right here in Wigan!

The comedy-drama follows the well-scrubbed members of club New Directions competing on the high school show choir competition circuit while juggling the minefield of boy-girl relationships and social issues.

The sound track has also proved a huge commercial success, with over 36 million digital single sales and 11 million album sales worldwide.

Meanwhile live concert tours packed sold out venues with screaming teens – there are even three Glee karaoke computer games – the length and breadth of Britain.

And a new dance school is hoping that some of this Glee stardust can cross the Atlantic to inspire a new generation...in Ashton-in-Makerfield!

The unashamedly Glee-style Youth Dance Project is the brainchild of former professional dancer and choreographer Cary Riding who wants to bring a little bit of Broadway to the borough.

She said: “For over 40 years I have adored performing, and love the confidence and positive energy it inspires – it’s also a fun way to keep fit and healthy.”

In response to requests from parents, and with Brighter Borough grant support of Ashton councillors Ann Rampling and Nigel Ash, Ashton’s very own performing arts project, Glee Club offers students a weekly chance to experience activities from street dance to salsa, ballet to Bollywood.

They have weekly guest choreographers, drama and vocal coaches who are helping introduce the children to new aspects of musical theatre and stage craft.

Ms Riding said: “We have been helped by a valued team of student coaches and volunteer sports leaders from Cansfield High School and this year’s Glee Club Summer School has been a roaring success. Parents have been coming up to me to ask for the club to continue on a more permanent basis.

“As the club relies on voluntary support and fund-raising to operate, this could now become a reality with a generous donation to the club from the Brighter Borough. We’re delighted to be receiving the grant and it should really help towards expanding the summer school into a year-round project that will inspire and excite our local youngsters.

Coun Ash said: “We are very happy to support this group which provides these excellent opportunities. You never know, somewhere among this group could be the stars of the future.”