Salford dancers 2.6 challenge

On Saturday dancers and parents from Eccles, Monton and Swinton, took part in the 2.6 challenge online.

The aim of the 2.6 challenge is to support charities that have been affected by COVID-19.

Many charity events have been cancelled in response to the pandemic.

Faye Downey, who runs the dance classes at the Robinson Downey Academy of Irish Dance says: “The London marathon was due to take place on 26th April which is where the 26 came from. Everyone can get creative and come up with their own challenge as long as it involves the number 26.”

“We decided to do 26 Irish dancing moves, 26 times each – which was a total of 676 moves!!”

“Before COVID19, I also ran an adults Irish dance fitness class in Eccles, and some of them took part or supported which was lovely to see!”

Downey explained the changes they have had to make as a school due to COVID19, saying: “Whilst our normal dance classes have been put on hold, we have continued to keep in touch with regular online dance classes as well as setting the dancers weekly challenges.”

“This helps the children keep in touch with their dancing friends as well as keeping them active and engaged whilst at home.

“We decided to take on the 2.6 challenge for last week’s weekly challenge, so we could all challenge ourselves as well as fundraise as a school doing something we all love!”

The dancers beat their target of £150 and raised £325 for Cancer Research UK which Downey explains is: “Just incredible! A huge thank you to everyone who supported us and donated!”

They chose this charity: as this terrible disease has affected so many of the dancer’s friends and family members over the years. “We wanted to raise funds as a school for this worthy cause”


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