Dance teacher will take to the floor for Cancer Research in memory of her cousin

PUBLISHED: 16:28 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 18 October 2018

Georgia and her cousin Gill Copping. picture: CONTRIBUTED.

Georgia and her cousin Gill Copping. picture: CONTRIBUTED.

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A dance teacher and former Helena Romanes pupil will hold a dance class for Cancer Research following the death of her cousin from the disease in April.

Georgia Golding and her cousin Gill at the dance class in March. Gill died shortly after. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDGeorgia Golding and her cousin Gill at the dance class in March. Gill died shortly after. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Georgia Golding, 21, will lead a one-hour dance class full of musical theatre showstoppers next Wednesday.

Georgia’s cousin Gill Copping, 58, had three children and four grandchildren and worked as a cashier at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Harlow, before she was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer.

Georgia, who is also a music theatre and drama teacher, and did a sky dive with Gill, said: “She was just so jolly. She knew she was dying but she was worrying about everyone else. She was amazing. She just kept saying she wanted to spend time with family.”

In March, Georgia hosted a two-hour dance class which raised £700, split between Cancer Research and St Clare Hospice, where Gill was cared for over two days.

Gill and Georgia (centre) at the charity dance class in March. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDGill and Georgia (centre) at the charity dance class in March. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Georgia said: “Honestly they (St Clare Hospice) were brilliant. They made her room like her bedroom. Her daughters brought in all her pictures that she had in her room. They were allowed to make it personal.”

Georgia initially raised about £350 after the March dance class, which was matched by Dunmow company the Modern Green Grocer.

Gill, who had previously organised a charity barn dance, came to the dance class, and Georgia says this was the last time she went out. Georgia’s aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer more than five years ago but is “cancer free” now.

Georgia added: “I have had a lot of people in my family suffer from cancer but everyone’s family have it. I just think it’s affected my family, it must be affecting others as well.”

Georgia currently runs a fitness and dance class called Tomboogie at the Scene II Theatre School in Dunmow.

The charity dance class will be at the Dunmow Arts Centre from 6.30 until 7.30pm and a donation of £7 is asked for, with all money going to Cancer Research.

No need to book, simply turn up on the evening.

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