Hundreds of people hit the zumba dance floor, in Norwich

The annual Zumbathon at the City Academy in aid of The Hamlet Charity. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The annual Zumbathon at the City Academy in aid of The Hamlet Charity. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A three-hour charity dance transported hundreds of people around the world.

The annual Zumbathon at the City Academy in aid of The Hamlet Charity. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The annual Zumbathon at the City Academy in aid of The Hamlet Charity. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The annual charity Zumbathon, organised by local instructor, Rachel Evans, raised money for The Hamlet this year.

More than £2000 was raised for the charity which supports young people and adults with disabilities and complex health needs.

Ms Evans said: 'Over 200 people came together to support the charity and the event even included a special track by myself and Daniel Banner, who is 18. He has attended the Hamlet Centre for several years.

'His mother, Michelle Banner, is my Zumba student and I know how valuable the service the Hamlet Centre has been to them.'

The annual Zumbathon at the City Academy in aid of The Hamlet Charity. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The annual Zumbathon at the City Academy in aid of The Hamlet Charity. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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City Academy Norwich was brought to life on Saturday, May 21, by the around-the-world themed event, which featured music from Brazil, Russia, Spain, India and many other countries.

A spokesperson from The Hamlet said: 'We are delighted to be chosen as the 2016 charity - our thanks to Rachel Evans and her students for their support.'

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The colourful event is just one of Ms Evans' many fundraisers, in the past she has hosted flash mobs in the city centre and campaigned for Breast Cancer awareness

She was awarded the South Norfolk Charity Fundraiser of the Year award, in 2015.

She said: 'After my award I feel more motivated than ever to raise funds and awareness for local charities with my team of loyal and enthusiastic students.'

People were dancing from 2pm until 5pm.

Wristbands to take part were sold for £10 and spectators were charged £5. All of the money raised will be donated to The Hamlet.

On November, 12, Ms Evans will be raising money for The Benjamin Foundation, with a Zumba Ball.

- If you have a news story, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk

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