Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin joined an impromptu tap dancing session in a visit to a fantastic and innovative new charity dedicated to “breaking down barriers and transforming lives”.
Timestep Community Dance, a newly formed charity, is based at the Timestep Studio Dance School which has been successfully operating at the Ponderosa Business Park in Heckmondwike for 25 years.
The new charity aims to bring people together by giving older people and those with special educational needs and disabilities the chance to learn new skills through dance and exercise.
Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “Performing arts have such a huge role to play in helping to combat loneliness and the confidence, skills and friendships that can be gained through Timestep’s new charity will be hugely beneficial.
“I have had the pleasure of meeting the charity’s inspiration – six-year-old Leila Higgins – whose truly phenomenal journey from a wheelchair to being able to walk within a year has surpassed all expectations.
“Leila’s remarkable journey shows just how much can be achieved with hard-work and dedication and I look forward to hearing many more fantastic success stories from Timestep Community Dance in the years to come.”
Leila, from Batley, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after suffering a stroke when she was just a few weeks old.
But now, after 18 months of one-on-one tuition with Rachel Walmsley from Timestep, Leila is now able to walk with assistance and is determined to be tap dancing by the end of the year.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ms Brabin put on a pair of tap shoes and joined Leila in last week’s visit.
Rachel Walmsley said: “We are thrilled Tracy is supporting our charity.
“This was Tracy’s second visit to Timestep Studio – on the first occasion she came along to meet our inspiration for our charity Leila Higgins. This time Tracy joined in a tap session with both Leila and our senior tap dancers.
“Tracy popped on her tap shoes and showed us all what a good sport she is. She’s a natural! It was a fabulous atmosphere we all had a great time – thank you Tracy.”
Timestep Community Dance will be offering one to one classes in stretches, dance and fitness and are aiming to help service users minimise pain, exercise in a fun way and gain strength and flexibility.