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Country Dancing<br />
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Young dancers have swapped the studio for the idyllic 185 million year-old Jurassic Coast to perform in nature.<br />
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The contemporary dance troupe, aged nine to 18, do energetic routines on the picturesque West Dorset clifftops. <br />
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Their latest session, a dress rehearsal for a show titled Dancing with Darkness, was in the shadow of 14th century St Catherine's Chapel in Abbotsbury, overlooking Chesil Beach.<br />
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Choreographer Nikki Northover began running outdoor sessions when her studio in Symondsbury closed due to covid.<br />
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She held her first socially distanced class in a large garden then ventured further afield to local beauty spots.<br />
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Nikki, who runs Bridport Youth Dance, said: "The change of direction we took was a creative response to our closure due to the pandemic. <br />
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"As we emerged we stepped out into the spectacular natural landscape on our doorstep and had classes with live music outdoors.<br />
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"The children just love to dance, whether it is in a studio or outside, but I think their generation has a real connection with nature."