Billy Elliott stars boost dance cash

Hippodrome reception raises cash in support of local young dancers

Guests at Birmingham Hippodrome got up close with the stars of Billy Elliot the Musical at a Simkiss Guy Recruitment Leading Ladies reception. The event featured a pre-show Q&A with the stars, compered by BBC presenter Kathryn Stanczyszyn, which raised more than £3,000 in support of youth dance opportunities in the local community. Prize donations came from Radisson Blu, Birmingham, Wagamamas (the Bullring) and the Mailbox.

Photography by Vivienne Bailey

Captions:

1 Helena King, Emma Cooper, Mara Lagonigro

2 Hadyn May, Italia Ross

3 Denise Nickle, Kelly Talbot, Jackie Kelly, Laura Davis

4 Anja Potze, Jayne Herritty, Audrey Parker

5 Naz Assadi, Sarah Rush, Natasha Walkden, Debbie Matthews

6 Kathryn Stanczyszyn, Tony Garnham

7 Jackie Hendley, Leanne Beardmore

8 Alison Haigh, Suzanne Barnes, Julia Brookes, Faith Walker

9 Jo Kinsella, Katie Yates, Jo Salmon