Photo gallery: Bollywood comes to Swaffham

A Bollywood dancing fundrasier has been organised by Sophie Willis at Swaffham Community Centre. Pic

A Bollywood dancing fundrasier has been organised by Sophie Willis at Swaffham Community Centre. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

It was an evening full of fancy footwork and chillie-filled curries as a Swaffham student got in to the Indian spirit ahead of her volunteering trip abroad.

A Bollywood dancing fundrasier has been organised by Sophie Willis at Swaffham Community Centre. Pic

A Bollywood dancing fundrasier has been organised by Sophie Willis at Swaffham Community Centre. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Former Swaffham Convent School and Dereham Sixth Form pupil Sophie Willis, 19, will be heading out to Palampur, north India, next month to teach English to primary school children for five weeks.

A Bollywood dancing fundrasier has been organised by Sophie Willis at Swaffham Community Centre. Pic

A Bollywood dancing fundrasier has been organised by Sophie Willis at Swaffham Community Centre. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

But before the education and English student at Durham University can get out there she needs to raise £2,700 for the Future Sense Foundation, which supports community development overseas through charity volunteer abroad.

Friends, family and anyone intrigued about the Indian dance took to Swaffham Community Centre to learn the art of shaking and moving whilst raising £150 for the cause.

'I just thought it would be really good fun and a nice way to link to the theme of India,' she said of the dancing and curry night.


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'I had never done Bollywood Dancing before and it was a lot more energetic then you would think!'

With lessons led by Norwich-based Bollywood Sparkles' Julie Brown, the 20 dancers gave it their all for the trip.

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Miss Willis' mum, Julia, brought her friends and work colleagues from Pedlars Gold craft shop in Swaffham.

Miss Willis' five-week-trip from August 16 is the second adventure she has taken on to raise cash and volunteer in developing parts of the world. Last year Miss Willis went to Cambodia. After fundraising for 18 months, she spent three weeks working in rural areas.

'It's the travelling part I really enjoy,' she said.

'It really is all so different from English culture and so important to take these opportunities.'

Last month £25 was raised in Swaffham for the cause for street collections.

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