A GROUP of dancers from Basingstoke hit their rhythm raising money for charity.

Members of the Basingstoke Theatretrain were dancing for 30 minute non-stop as part of a national event.

The danceathon, held on Saturday at Everest Community Academy, featured 72 members of the company raisng money for Theodora Children’s Charity.

All the money raised from the event will go towards the charity which provides “Giggle doctors” to visit poorly children who may be facing prolonged stays in hospitals such as Great Ormond Street Hospital.

With a playlist featuring such songs as Dancing Queen and the Macarena, every member of the group aged between six and 18-years-old completed the danceathon.

Pip Evans, Basingstoke Theatretrain centre director, said: “It really was a remarkable morning, all the children pulled together and there was a really good atmosphere during the whole dance.

“We selected the playlist to have some classic dance songs on it and it gave each age group the chance to lead the dance.”

The danceathon was part of a national event by Theatretrain, which saw more than 5,000 children take part nationwide. And to be part of the wider Theatretrain community, the Basingstoke group also streamed their event live on Facebook.

“I think the fact that the children were part of this being community got them really excited to take part,” added Pip.

“When ever they put their mind to something, they put in 110 per cent but it is important for them to have fun while doing so.”

For information, go to theatretrain.co.uk/Basingstoke.