THE Halesowen Youth Performing Arts dance group is performing the last in a series of charity concerts this weekend.

The dancers have spent months practising routines ahead of the concerts, the last of which is on Sunday at the group's Little Cornbow dance studio.

The first charity concert, which was called Hyped was on Saturday, April 22 and raised cash for the Building Futures in the Gambia charity and also included the Dance Unity group.

The charity builds schools in the West African country including a six hundred pupil school in Makumbaya Village and is now building a three classroom nursery school in Busumbala Village.

A spokesman for Building Futures in the Gambia said: "Dance Unity is made up from locally trained dancers from Hypa Dance company and people with a learning disability from Halas dance group.

"We're really lucky to have members of both groups willing to give up their time freely to support out work."

The show featured a programme of vibrant and exciting contemporary dances all set to modern and popular music.

Hayley Ketteringham-Coton, HYPA dance teacher, said: “We performed for the charity Building Futures in The Gambia because we have become very aware of how hard they are working to provide education for young children who live in parts of The Gambia where there is currently no nursery school provision.”

Then on Sunday, April 23 the dance group performed another show, this time for Halesowen residential charity Halas Homes, which provides residential, respite, day activities and supported living for people with learning disabilities.

On Sunday, at 3.30pm at HYPA's dance studios the group are performing Just Dance in aid of the Be Dazzle charity.

For more information visit the HYPA Dance Company Facebook Page.