‘The closer it gets, the more nervous I become’ – Scunthorpe teacher’s dizzying plans for non-stop dance marathon

He thought it was a good idea when he first decided to dance, non-stop, for a whole day.

Now dance teacher Fraser Murray has realised he is going to have his work cut out when he carries out his 24-hour danceathon in aid of Kimberley Performing Arts Centre (KPAC). Fraser is inviting dancers who attend classes at the centre, in Enderby Road, Scunthorpe, to pay to join him for stints during his dizzying challenge, which will run from noon on Thursday, May 30, until noon the following day.

“The closer it gets, the more nervous I am becoming,” said Fraser, who has set himself a target of raising £1,000 for KPAC and has a GoFundMe page where people can support him. “We’re slowly raising the money for a new building – it’s about £1m we need – and we hold lots of things like Christmas events, summer fairs and we’ve had a Strictly Come Dancing night.


“Now I’m doing this 24-hour danceathon. I just hope my body holds out.”

Fraser said KPAC, which teaches dance, acting and singing, as well as cirque and fitness, had been running for 40 years. It has about 400 pupils of all ages.

Fraser Murray is aiming to dance non-stop for 24 hours
Fraser Murray is aiming to dance non-stop for 24 hours

Fraser said: “We want a new building for the community, which will give Scunthorpe a hub where everyone and anyone can come and dance. We have been given some land by the council and we want to create this new hub, with a dance studio and a café and other things going on, a place that’s new and modern.”

The new-build will provide improved spaces for performances, rehearsals, and classes, “benefiting current and future students by offering a state-of-the-art environment for artistic growth and expression”, the GoFundMe page explains. “Your support and donations will help make this vision a reality, ensuring the continued success and expansion of the Kimberley Performing Arts Centre.”

Latin and ballroom dancer Fraser said of his challenge: “Every two hours it will be a different music genre. There’ll be a bit of disco, some jazz, some hip-hop, musical theatre, 90s, 80s … anything that will keep me going.”

Some of the young people who attend Kimberley Performing Arts Centre in Scunthorpe
Some of the young people who attend Kimberley Performing Arts Centre in Scunthorpe

Fraser will not be able to rest for long once he has hopefully completed the danceathon. “I’ve got a show on the Saturday,” he said.

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