THE driving force behind a dance school who has opened up the world of performing arts to countless youngsters has been recognised with a special award.

Moira Brock, founder of La Danse Fantastique, was handed Basildon Council’s Alf Dove Award during a ceremony held at the Towngate Theatre, in St Martin’s Square.

Moira created the dance school in 1994 to provide dance, singing, musical theatre, and drama lessons for all students, regardless of ability.

Deputy mayor Danny Lawrence, who nominated Moira for the award, said: “Moira has worked tirelessly with her team to make La Danse Fantastique a terrific project across the borough.

“Her dream was to open up the world of music and dance to all young people, including those with physical problems, sensory impairments or learning difficulties.

“Now well established, the carefully structured school is run by capable, qualified staff able to provide classes in all the arts, thereby providing students with the tools they need to reach their goals and achieve their dreams.

“I am particularly proud to be asked to be one of La Danse Fantastique’s patrons, and Moira is an inspiration worthy of this award.”

TheAlf Dove Awardwas established to mark the significant contribution the former councillor made in his 43 years of service.

Moira said: “I am so touched and humbled to be given this award.

“It is an honour to be in a position to receive this and I do, on behalf of all my team who work so hard to provide the quality service that we do.

“However, I would say that the true stars are my wonderful students.

“This award is for everyone at La Danse Fantastique.”