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TV stars take dancing skills to school

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WE’VE seen their spectacular dancing in front of the nation on Britain’s Got Talent and now dance troupe Kings and Queens have taken centre stage at a school in Portsmouth.

The Latin and ballroom dancing group, which stormed through to the next round of the television talent show, performed at Portsmouth Grammar School which held its own Strictly Come Dancing competition.

Group leader Kai Widdrington, who previously appeared on the show in 2012, has been working with students and staff at the school to prepare them for the competition and to improve their dancing.

He said: ‘The children and the teachers have been brilliant. Everyone has been really supportive.

‘They have been really great to work with – really responsive and enthusiastic about ballroom dancing.

‘Our main aim as a group is to make ballroom and Latin dancing cool to young kids. Most young kids don’t think it’s cool to do it and we are trying to show that it is.’

The competition, called PGS Come Dancing, was organised to raise money to help build new classrooms at a school in Uganda. They raised a total of £7,350.

The teachers and support staff winners were Chris Head and Judy Williams. Meanwhile, the pupil winners were Katie Twist and Rob Weekes.

Katie, 16, who is in Year 11, said: ‘I thought it was a really good way to raise money and have a really good time. I really enjoy dancing.’

Year 12 pupil Sam Gardener, 17, added: ‘It’s something I never thought I would do. As a sportsman you never think you will be prancing around on the dance floor in sparkly shoes.

‘But it’s really good. You have to put in a lot of work. But when you get out on the dance floor, it’s amazing.’

Guy Evans is the director of drama at the junior school. He said: ‘The students have been fantastic. They really enjoy the experience of it all, especially the performance element.

‘They are doing it for a very worthwhile cause.

‘Dancing is cool. Young people are doing it and making it current and relevant. This shows that they have a passion for what they are doing. With Britain’s Got Talent, it shows if you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want.’

 

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