Twenty dance scholarships up for grabs at Peckham’s Mountview

Katherine Johnston (18 March, 2019) Education Culture

Places are fully-funded by Pineapple

28442Pineapple's young dancers in Peckham

Debbie Moore OBE and Leanne Pero

Pineapple dance studio founder Debbie Moore OBE is giving out twenty fully-funded dance scholarships at Mountview performing arts school in Peckham.

Applications for the scheme opened on Thursday, March 14, with dancers aged 16-24 years old eligible. Ms Moore will visited the new school the same day and toured its world-class facilities.

The founder of global dance brand Pineapple opened her first dance studio in a disused pineapple warehouse in Covent Garden in 1979, and went on to popularise dance lessons and make lycra dancewear the mainstay of 80s style.

Leanne Pero, who heads up Pineapple Community in Peckham, told the News: “Debbie’s main aim for opening Pineapple was to make dance accessible to all- throughout our work over the past 40 years this still remains our ethos and is as important than ever.

“This partnership with Mountview is an example of the great work Pineapple Community has been able to do in the community.

“As a Southwark resident and someone who has danced since eleven years of age myself, this scheme is an absolute dream come true for someone with a passion for dance and is one crucial step closer to closing the gap to quality arts accessibility for all, regardless of affordability.”

To apply, email shortcourses@mountview.org.uk

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