Video: Leeds tots get their groove on at ‘mini raves’

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BUSINESS success is proving child’s play for a young woman who has set up a groovy alternative to traditional mums and tots classes.

A year after setting up Baby Rave North, Leeds mum Faye Kenny, of Stanningley, has welcomed more than 5,000 “ravers” on to the dancefloor at more than 100 daytime parties.

Faye Kenny and son Ziah

Faye Kenny and son Ziah

She now holds dummy-friendly dance sessions across West Yorkshire and is in demand for mini party raves.

The 27-year-old is now preparing for her biggest event yet – a carnival-themed knees-up for more than 500 at one of the city’s biggest nightclubs.

Faye, who also runs Dare 2 Performance School in Leeds, said: “I did think it would be popular because there was nothing else like it but I didn’t expect it to be as popular as it has been.”

The events are aimed at families with youngsters aged five and under and feature dancefloor fillers to get mums, dads and carers grooving alongside their little ones. Past parties have boasted live music from renowned percussionist Inder “Goldfinger” Matharu and musician Sam Thornton, who never fails to get the party pumping with his blues version of children’s favourite Postman Pat.

And the Big Carnival Bash at Control, Kirkstall Road, on August 3 shouldn’t disappoint, with an appearance by singer LSK – former member of chart-topping dance act Faithless.

The solo artist, who also happens to be Faye’s brother, will turn DJ for the day, cueing up the usual hits alongside some reggae and samba.

And it will be a family affair as her son Ziah, a regular raver who turns two at the end of the month, will also be there.

The carnival party, inspired by the World Cup in Brazil, will feature soft play, group singing, Brazilian flags and palm trees, stalls from local businesses, plus a pop-up library and craft sessions provided by Leeds City Council’s Library Services.

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