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MPs and peers visit Siobhan Davies dance studios

Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Dance Group visited the Siobhan Davies Studios in St George's Road this week.

Siobhan Davies
Siobhan Davies with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Dance Group

The parliamentarians were on a tour of dance venues in London.

During their visit to Southwark the MPs and peers saw excepts from the latest work of the Siobhan Davies Dance Company – Two Quartets – and toured the award-winning building.

Politicians attending the event included Frank Doran MP, (Labour, Aberdeen North), Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Dance Group; Lynne Jones, (Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak); Baroness Hooper, (Conservative), who herself trained at the Royal Ballet School; Baroness Bonham Carter of Yarnbury (Liberal Democrat); and Jon Dawson, researcher to Andrew Slaughter MP (Labour, Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush).

Siobhan Davies Studios opened last year in the former annexe of Charlotte Sharman Primary School and now the dance company is launching a new project – funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation – with pupils at the neighbouring school.

"This unique opportunity to forge a real and working partnership between the school and the dance company will provide exciting and innovative opportunities for all involved," says headteacher Zoe Sharman.

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