Charity skydive for Fenland woman to raise money for March based dance group

A DANCER has decided to celebrate her 21st birthday by jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet above Fenland to raise money for a dance class.

Robynne Haynes is one of the few members that have been part of Lisa Dickinson’s Dance Mania since it began in 1996 and wants to help raise money for the dance group.

She will be jumping on June 15 with North London Skydiving in Wimblington in a once in a lifetime event and the 20-year-old dancer admits she’s getting a bit nervous as the jump gets closer.

Miss Haynes, who works in a music store in Peterborough, said: “I must be a bit mental, this is nothing like I have ever done. I have spoken to people who have done it before and they have said that it’s nothing else like you can experience.

“I thought about doing it last year, but as I turn 21 this year, I thought it would be cool if I celebrated by jumping out of a plane. I decided to jump for Dance Mania because I have been going there since I was six.”

To mark the class’ 15th anniversary, members of the group are all coming up with ideas to raise money for much needed microphones, sound systems and other rehearsal equipment with one member waxing his legs and armpits.

Money raised will also go towards tutus and costumes for the ever growing number of dancers at the group and a celebratory Dance Mania Ball in August.

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Mrs Dickinson is in the final stages of preparing a performance for Pop in the Park on June 11 and is holding a stall where people can support Miss Haynes in her daring jump.

Around 200 dancers, aged between four and 71, are taught at the March based dance group, with some going onto professional training courses and performing in holiday parks and on cruise ships.

Sponsorship forms are available at Dance Mania lessons which are held daily after school and Saturday mornings at March Youth and Community Centre, Station Road. If you are unable to get to the Centre, please bring donations to the Cambs Times office on High Street, March.

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