Jane Sandbrook, Grandma to Joe

Jane Sandbrook regularly took her son to dance classes with Rose Beeston in the 1980s and thirty years later brought her grandson Joe to Dancefest’s classes.


“When my son – who is now in his 30s – was a boy, I used to take him to Rose Beeston’s (Dancefest’s Director) dance classes at Worcester Arts Workshop. Now he has a child of his own and I love taking my grandson Joe to Dancefest, first with their Wobblers class and then with Minis.

Dancefest’s children’s activities are great and Joe blossomed. I can see that the children are being developed in the class, for example, learning to take their turn. Joe loves his class – he has made friends, has learnt to join in and I’ve watched his confidence grow. To begin with I did some of the dancing with him, but now he runs off saying ‘Bye Grandma!’; He doesn’t need me anymore! He’s such a happy soul when he’s at Dancefest.

It’s a nice circle, taking my son and then my grandson to dance classes. If another grandchild comes along, I’ll take them dancing too.”