Tonight’s surprise performer:


The Mad4Dance studio on Bargates was the venue for the seventeenth night of this year’s Christchurch Living Advent Calendar programme. The large and appreciative audience was treated firstly to a solo singing performance from Olivia followed by a spectacular sequence of various dances – mostly self choreographed – from the very talented troupe of young dancers.

Mad4Dance performers at CLAC 2023
Introducing the Mad4Dance performance
Three performers for Mad4Dance

The chosen charity for the evening – The Elevate Foundation, a charity that focuses on wellbeing and helping young people grow in confidence – was presented with a cheque for £500 from the sponsor Little Lives and further funds were raised from a raffle of various prizes. Refreshments were kindly provided by Mad4Dance supporters. Thanks were given to The Primrose Trust, primary sponsors of the CLAC programme and to the CLAC team lead by chair Jan Banks. The evening was closed with a reminder that the venue for tomorrow is Ye Olde George Inn.

Elevate Foundation banner and volunteer
Little Lives cheque for The Elevate Foundation for CLAC

Raising money for:

Elevate Foundation

Helping Young Minds is a children’s mental health charity which was rebranded as Elevate Foundation earlier this year. Elevate Foundation, which is based in Christchurch, has a vision to equip every young mind with the skills & confidence to conquer life’s challenges. Their objective is to give young people the tools, skills and confidence through a variety of activities, courses and counselling to build their resilience and overall mental wellbeing.

Thank you to tonight’s Venue:

Mad4Dance Studio, Bargates

Mad4Dance logo
Mad4Dance venue in Christchurch
Kindly sponsored by:

 Little Lives

Little Lives charity logo
Little Lives UK are proud to be a children’s charity who support disabled and disadvantaged children and young people to help them build stronger futures. Our head office is in Poole.
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More about 17th December’s surprise performers:


Mad4Dance offers classes in ballet, modern, tap, acro, street, contemporary, drama and singing. Students have the chance to take exams, compete in competitions and perform in shows and events locally as well as in Disneyland and the F1 Grand Prix. The teaching is delivered from a holistic approach by prioritising the students’ wellbeing and ensuring they are nurtured and cared for in an inclusive, safe and loving environment.

“Being part of Mad4Dance is like being part of a family. I have found some amazing friends and dance has given me so much confidence in myself.” – 14 yr old student

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Join us tomorrow at Ye Olde George Inn