Portchester primary school in London O2 dance final

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YOUNGSTERS are jumping for joy after winning a place in the national finals of a dance competition at London’s O2 arena.

The talented dancers from Wicor Primary School won local and regional rounds of the Red Cross Dance for Life competition with their contemporary rendition of the true story of Hiroshima victim Sedako Sasaki.

Sedako was a baby when the American’s hit Hiroshima with the atomic bomb, but nine years later fell victim to the deadly radiation – despite her friends’ best efforts to get her to fold 1,000 origami paper cranes that according to legend would spare her life. She only managed 635 in hospital before she died.

Deputy head at the Portchester school Sue Keeling praised the team of 63 eight to 11-year-olds.

‘The children performed brilliantly. We’re all so excited to be through to the finals,’ she said. I think they’ll go all the way.’

Wicor Primary will compete against six regional finalists on July 17.

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