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Singer Ms Dynamite returns to her old school Wac Arts as it celebrates 35 years

Ms Dynamite pictured with CEO of WAC Arts Celia Greenwood at the 35th birthday party. Picture: Nigel Sutton Ms Dynamite pictured with CEO of WAC Arts Celia Greenwood at the 35th birthday party. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
5:00 PM

Former students of a Belsize Park arts college including pop star Ms Dynamite returned to their old school to celebrate the centre’s 35th birthday.

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Members of the original class of 1978 celebrate at Wac Arts 35th birthday party. Picture: Nigel SuttonMembers of the original class of 1978 celebrate at Wac Arts 35th birthday party. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The singer, best known for her song Dy-na-mi-tee, joined a number of other Wac Arts alumni, who have all gone on to enjoy career success at the celebration held at the college’s base at Old Hampstead Town Hall in Haverstock Hill on Sunday (December 8).

Current students enrolled on all of the centre’s arts programmes showcased what they have been learning in their classes, with some performing African dance as well as excerpts from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Secrets&Lies actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste filmed a video message shown on the night where she expressed her continued support for the college and its work with young people aged between five and 25.

CEO Celia Greenwood, who founded the college in Kentish Town 35 years ago, said: “It was absolutely amazing and it has simply reconfirmed everyone who works here’s belief that we are all part of an extended community and part of a family.”

WAC Arts senior choir sing at the 35th birthday celebrations. Picture: Nigel SuttonWAC Arts senior choir sing at the 35th birthday celebrations. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Wac Arts needs to raise £6,000 in just eight days to save its weekend programme of classes.

To donate, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/2007251050/wac-arts-longevity-project

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