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Danella Mercati, 43, a teacher from Cheltenham, found a way to express herself while working out.

Plodding along the pavement, the only thing I was enjoying about running was the show tune coming through my earphones. While raising two children and building a career as a drama teacher, I found running was a quick way to keep up my fitness level but I never once looked forward to it. The lyrics and beats of my favourite musical theatre soundtracks distracted me from the monotony.

I’d danced as a child, from the age of eight right up to 21, when I gave it up because I couldn’t afford the lessons. Having got married and had two children, I missed dancing but couldn’t find a space for it in my life. Then, three years ago, a friend asked me to

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