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Dance teacher Ashleigh Lewis is proving a real mover and a shaker.

Ashleigh, 27, who runs Dance Emporium in Lockwood, has created a new dance style.

AfroDancehall is a heady cocktail of traditional rhythms and beats of African dance mixed with the swagger and attitude of the Jamaican dance hall.

Ashleigh, of Paddock, created the dance last year and showcased it at the MOVE IT dance convention at London’s Olympia.

Her workshop was packed out and now she has been invited back to the convention, which runs from March 7-9.

Ashleigh will take her five-strong dance group Ilanga Gal Dem, to London this week

The all-girl group is made up of Ashleigh, Lorna Wray, 27, Ashleigh Powell, 21, Lisha Taylor, 21, and Amy Stringer, 18.

Its name translates into Sunshine Girls. Ilanga is Zulu for sunshine while Gal Dem is girls in Jamaican.

“I really hope the dance takes off,” said Ashleigh.

“It’s just a really good, fun style full of upbeat, happy energy and should appeal to lots of people.”

Such was the popularity of the dance last year, Ashleigh will lead two workshops this time.

“It’s a massive achievement for us as a group and as a dance school to be invited back,” she said.

“Our dance is unique and we want others to learn and enjoy it.”

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