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Derwent Valley Allstars – Cheer Team

Derwent Valley Allstars are a Cheerleading Club based in Consett, County Durham. It was founded on Feb 1st 2010 by Ashleigh Sowerby and has a coaching staff of 9 and 6 junior coaches. The club currently has 110 athletes and an ever-expanding waiting list of over 40 children. ​Club successes include countless regional, national and grand champion titles. In 2022 they had the honour of representing the UK at the prestigious ’Summit’ competition in Orlando Florida, placing 9th in the World. This year the juniors have been selected again to represent the UK at the same competition, as well as their seniors being chosen to represent the UK at the World Championships, both competitions take place in Orlando Florida. – Photos by George Ledger & Abigail Thompson

Dance Max

Kirstin McGuigan has been running her successful dance company DanceMax for 14 years. She is a qualified Licentiate standard teacher and adjudicator with the Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association, as well as paediatric First Aid trained .

Starting out in Castleside Village Hall in 2009 with approx 10 members, Dance Max has grown and now provides dance classes for over 100 children weekly, in their own studio on Newmarket Street. They run classes from ages 2 upwards, from tiny tot fun introduction dance classes to a competition team of 40 children who compete weekly around the country. Classes include Pop Dance – a fun, upbeat style of dance to popular and classic chart songs which gets everyone involved and enjoying dance. They also train in freestyle disco and compete with this style – a fast, energetic, gymnastic style of dance which incorporates high kicks, splits and turns with sparkles and glitter to dazzle to the audience!​

Whether you are looking for a weekly, fun, no pressure dance class or a competitive team striving for titles and glory, DanceMax can help!
contact principal Kirstin at or using the Facebook page DanceMax Studio. – Photos by John Race

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