Fife community group gets a big surprise

This is the incredible moment when we surprised the Expressions School of Dance in Methil, Fife with the news that their first ever National Lottery funding application had been successful.

Founder of Expressions School of Dance, Amanda Mitchell, and her students thought they were being filmed as part of their National Lottery Awards for All funding application until Funding

Officer, Jessie Duncan, shared the real reason for her visit.

The award of £8,400 will help the group to meet the growing demand for its classes which build confidence and self-esteem of people of all ages.

Margaret Gear (left) and Amanda Mitchell of Expressions School of Dance

The group is based in The Studio, the former Innerleven Church, turned community hub in Methill. At least 50 people come through its doors each day to enjoy a range of dance and movement classes for all people of all ages and abilities, as well as exercise classes for older people, pilates classes, a creche and a disco for people with additional support needs.

On hearing the news of the award dance teacher, Amanda, said: “This is amazing. The last thing I expected to hear today was the fabulous news that we’ve got our National Lottery Awards for All

funding. This means that we can now bring on board a new member of staff to help us accommodate the growing demand for our classes and to make sure that more people who want to join can do so. “Being based in the heart of the community means that we get so many different people coming through our doors and it’s always a delight to see them grow in confidence, meet new friends and become part of a wider family.”

Students of Expressions School of Dance celebrating the good news

A National Lottery Awards for All spokesperson said: “A huge congratulations to Expressions School of Dance on its first ever National Lottery award. Small amounts of funding can often make the biggest difference to small community, arts and sports projects and this is a great example of this in action.  It’s lovely to be able to surprise a group in this way but we can only do this, thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players.”

Expressions School of Dance received its funding from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland, a joint awards programme from the Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland and sportscotland.

To find out more about what this fund could do for your community visit our National Lottery Awards for All website.

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