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Somerset: Children dancing in lunch break hit with prosecution threat


Jan McNulty
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I've just picked this up from Twitter:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-23060273

 

 

"I wouldn't fancy doing a dance class for two and a half hours - and an hour and a half lunch break is a really, really long time and they'll start to get bored," she said."

 

 

Would there also be a danger that the children could cool down too much and possibly cause injuries in the afternoon session?

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How ridiculous.

 

I run a similar put on a show in a week and reduced our lunch break from an hour to half an hour because the children got bored.

 

However we do it in a local school and its classes as a workshop/class. So we don't licence the rehearsals as a performance.

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We have some council workers doing some road works outside our house.  It is only 1pm and they have had three tea breaks before 12 and have gone for lunch for an hour.  Sorry I'm a cynic on occasion!

 

Seriously though children should not overdo it at such a young age but in reality I'm sure there are a few days where are DC do more than 5 hours of dance per day.  It just shouldn't be done regularly.  I believe and trust that most vocational schools/summer schools are very aware of the law and know how best to look after fledgling dancers.

 

I wonder what the rules are in other leading countries like Russia/China and the US?

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