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Local tap teacher dances with Diversity

Published on Tuesday, 7th February 2017

Bedale Tap teacher dances with diversity

A dance teacher from Bedale has tapped his way to fame

81 year old Alan Beattie appeared on ‘Diversity Presents - Steal The Show’ on ITV on New Years Day.

The nations favourite dance crew hosted a brand new, one off, primetime dance entertainment show. 

The show saw Diversity unveil some unique collaborations and brand new routines, with special guests The Vamps and the cast of the West End’s musical Motown as well as performances by three amateur dancers.

Alan who teaches tap dancing at Bedale Leisure Centre every Wednesday had a surprise visitor to one of his classes last November when Diversity’s Ashley Banjo turned up.

As part of the show three unsuspecting amateur dancers were surprised by Ashley and offered the chance to perform with Diversity on the show and show case their skills with the winner dancing away with a fantastic holiday to Las Vegas.

Alan, whose wife nominated him for the show, beat a dancing postman and a mum who is always first on the dance floor at family functions to claim the prize.

The tap dancer has also appeared on Britain’s Got Talent as well as being part  of a Guinness World Record attempt and many other things. And as a result of the show and publicity Alan has been invited to do a solo routine at the ‘XL Move It’ event in London on 12 March 2017.

“Alan has an amazing talent and is able to pass on his knowledge, experience and  enthusiasm for Tap Dancing to many others through his classes he undertakes at Bedale Leisure Centre in partnership with Age UK,”’ said Fiona Wilson, Manager.

“Everyone is extremely proud of Alan.  He is such a worthy winner and deserves to be recognised nationally for his talent and commitment.”


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