VIDEO: Authentic Bollywood dancing delights library users in Cromer

More than 50 children and parents shimmied their way through a Bollywood dancing event at Cromer Library today, to celebrate Indian culture.

The event was held as part of Norfolk County Council (NCC) libraries service's 'Great Reading Takeaway' programme and saw the group transported to another world as they got the chance to dress up in colourful saris.

Led by dance instructor Tina Vallance, of Norfolk-based Jaya Dance, the class were taught authentic Bollywood moves and given colourful bindis to wear on their foreheads.

Jay Willis, of East Runton, and her six-year-old daughter Sugar decided to try their hand at the dancing after receiving a leaflet from school.

The 28-year-old said: 'Sugar was excited and although she gets a bit shy, once she saw everyone else joining in she really enjoyed it.


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'Although Cromer is a seaside town and there are things to do here, there's not much to do as a family, so this was quirky.'

Sugar said her favourite part was getting the chance to dress up and wear an ankle bell.

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After the dancing, participants had the chance to taste some authentic Indian snacks for free, courtesy of Dalia Spice takeaway in the town.

They also enjoyed an Indian-themed story-time and had the chance to dress-up again in hats.

James Carswell, cabinet member for cultural services at NCC, said: 'The Great Reading Takeaway is a fantastic idea.

'I hope it will help people discover or rediscover the excitement and pleasure that comes from reading, and encourage more people to make use of our great library service.'

Each of the county council's 47 library buildings and 13 mobile libraries are taking part in the Great Reading Takeaway.

? A special Great Reading Takeaway blog has been set up at http://greatreadingtakeaway.wordpress.com

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