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Strictly stars help dancing youngsters

Strictly Come Dancing stars Darren and Lilia helped youngsters show off their dance skills in a huge stage spectacular.

The event, held at Grimsby auditorium at the beginning of May, was organised to allow more than 150 pupils from 11 schools to show what they had been learning in the Essentially Dance programme.

TV dancers Darren Bennett and wife Lilia Kopylova compered the event. Darren said: “To see all these people enjoying dance is fantastic. It is what it is all about. It is all about their enthusiasm.”

The North East Lincolnshire Council dance programme has been run in local schools to encourage young people to take up dance as a hobby. The children have been learning jive, cha-cha-cha, quick-step and waltz dances.

One participant, Tilly Bellamy, nine, from Coomb Briggs Primary School, Immingham, said: “It has been really good fun. It is a relief when you come off the stage and I’m pleased it went so well. I hope we will get bigger and better in the future.”

The council has also been running a project entitled Shall We Dance, in an aim to help older and disabled people to enjoy dance. Some of the adults to benefit from this also performed at the show.

Laura Peggs, programme coordinator at the council, said: “The dancing has been a great success; children in school and more senior participants have really taken to it.

“Dancing is a really great way to get moving and increase activity whatever age you are. Latin and ballroom are energetic, social and improves fitness, coordination and control.”


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