A PERFORMING arts company is hosting a new socially-distanced singing, dancing and acting class at Great Western Academy's sports hall.

Revolution Performing Arts begins hour-long weekly Great Western AllStars lessons on November 5 from 5.30pm and is encouraging children aged four to 11 to join in.

Founder Fi Da Silva Adams said: “We have an ethos of empowering children who can sing their favourite music, create their own dramatic scene, share their own dance moves and feel safe and secure in doing so.

"If they don’t want to perform, they don’t have to. We want to create a fantastic, relaxing and fun experience for them.”

RPA used to have classes in primary schools around the town but these schools are not allowing their facilities to be used by third parties until 2021.

Fi and her team of leaders believe young people need to get back to their extra-curricular activities as soon as possible for the good of their mental and physical wellbeing.

She added: “Our classes are a safe and Covid-secure environment where we take social distancing very seriously.

"We believe that children need to look forward to taking part in activities which bring them joy and that’s why we’ve now found an alternative venue for our class.”

The new group will be run by RPA leader Jade Carroll, who has 13 years’ experience of dance.

She said: “I’m excited to be starting this new class and look forward to meeting the children and their parents.

"We do ask that everyone books in advance so that we can ensure safe social distancing measures, however everyone’s first session is free of charge.”

Revolution Performing Arts was founded in 2007 and has been running online sessions throughout lockdown.

The company is now returning to Covid-safe classes and received a £34,000 grant from Arts Council England through the Covid-19 Emergency Fund.

All of the teachers are DBS-checked, trained in first aid and receive full training in safeguarding protocols. The company hopes to help young people to celebrate their individuality through the power of performing arts. Visit www.revolutionpa.co.uk/enrol