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Melanie Norman

"My passion in life is dance. I came to it relatively late, aged 38, with no formal training. When I set out on my first weekly belly dance class there was no concept that I would produce two off-West End shows within a decade, or become so completely dedicated to dance.

There has been a huge investment in training which will always be ongoing, be it from varied teachers at The Nile Group Festival in Cairo and other major international festivals over many years, to the weekly classes I take in jazz, ballet and private tuition with Lizzie Leigh of Dance Classes in Bath. I thank all those who have taught me with much gratitude, and especially Lizzie Leigh for sharing with me an abundance of dance knowledge and wisdom garnered from her own professional dance career."