Something to sing about with the spirit of Glee

'Principal Gleek' Maxine Johnson
'Principal Gleek' Maxine Johnson
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IT’S the camp, cult TV hit that has proved a big success… and now the spirit of singing sensation Glee has come to Sheffield.

The Hype Dance Academy in Earl Street is home to what is believed to be the city’s first official Glee Club, combining strong vocals with a sense of theatre.

And the weekly musical sessions are attracting almost 20 enthusiastic singers aged six to 40-plus.

The Glee TV show is based around the adventures of an American High School Glee Club or choir. Sheffield’s Hype GleeKlub is fronted by professional singer and voice coach Maxine Johnson, aged 39.

Her 10-year-old son Arnie is a pupil at Hype and it was artistic director Anna Olejnicki who heard of Maxine’s vocal career and put forward the idea of launching the club.

“Anna was looking at introducing some singing classes for some of her dancers and it just snowballed from there,” says Maxine.

“I can’t believe how quickly it has taken off but the power of Glee is global and it’s irresistible to a lot of people.”

The club is held on Mondays at 6.30pm and numbers are growing.

“We’re affiliated to the official Glee site, I’m the principal Gleek and all the singers are Gleeks, of course,” says Maxine with a laugh. “It’s just like you see in the TV show, a combination of singing and simple movement. There’s something in there for everybody.”

lVisit or call Hype Dance on 2706757.