Young dance stars are strictly in step

Ballroom Spectacular at Rastrick High School. Pictured is children Longroyde Juniors
Ballroom Spectacular at Rastrick High School. Pictured is children Longroyde Juniors

MORE than 150 pairs of young feet were strictly in step when Rastrick High School hosted a Ballroom Spectacular.

The skill and enthusiasm of pupils from five schools put the judges in a spin at the fun event which was designed to introduce junior school children to high school life. Young dancers have been polishing up their routines since before Christmas and they were determined to shine in the spotlight before an audience of parents and other family members.

Organiser Mrs Marilyn Turner, school support co-ordinator at Rastrick High, said: “The dancers put so much effort into their routines and they all looked gorgeous. It was a great evening.”

Taking part were pupils from Castlefields Infants School, Field Lane Primary School, Woodhouse Primary School, Carr Green Primary School and Longroyde Junior School. Ballroom dance teachers Andrea Brearley, Tracy Thomas and Claire Lambert have been working with the children and there were guest appearances by Harriet Adamson, a year 12 pupil at Rastrick High, and ballroom dancer Daniel Bennett.

The pupils performed the cha-cha, tango, jive, waltz and quickstep and followed in the footstpes of Strictly Come Dancing’s stars Anton du Beke and Ola Jordan.

Said Mrs Turner: “The children are all big fans of Strictly and they tried their hardest to get the routines right.”

A-level photography students Nathan Charlesworth and Rececca Dixon set up their cameras to take pictures of the dancers under the guidance of teachers Jackie Harrowsmith and Sally Catton.

It was the third time Rastrick High has held the event and, as Brucie himself might have said, “Keeeeep dancing!’