A petite Ukrainian enchants the dance group Melton

Members of Melton’s Performing Stars Academy, including the little girl from Ukraine, pictured during a recent class EMN-220504-122938001

Performing Stars Academy, on George Street, offers free tuition to all Ukrainian children resettling in the area after the Russian invasion.

And they were delighted to be approached by the girl’s family – they gave her a second-hand uniform, and the parents gave her tap shoes.

Suzanne Forrester, who runs the academy, told the Melton Times: “We had to hold back our tears when we met her.

“She’s such a pretty little girl, who managed to escape the horrific circumstances back home, but she made us think of all the other kids and families who are still struggling to get out.”

Everyone gave the little girl a warm welcome and she enjoys dancing with the group.

“We gave her new ballet flats and jazz shoes and she desperately wanted a yoga mat, so when she got to the studios we gave her a brand new yoga mat,” Suzanne said.

“It was so nice to see her smile in class and make friends, even though she doesn’t speak the language.”

The young girl has now danced with the academy for two weeks and has made many new friends at a difficult time in her short life.

Suzanne added: “The other girls in the class are not at all in tune with the fact that she does not speak English.

“They smile and laugh together and share their love of dancing.

“She is also a very talented little dancer.

“She did dance in Ukraine, so it’s nice that we can give her something to do that she’s familiar with and that brings her joy.”

Suzanne also helps run Melton Music Tuition and one of a member’s parents has set up a Just Giving page for anyone who wants to donate to provide Ukrainian children with musical instruments and lessons.

Over £300 has already been raised.

Go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/space2bukrainefund to learn more and pledge money for this appeal.