Dancers and cheerleaders create fun video of toilet roll challenge to show off tricks

BACKFLIPS, cartwheels and forward rolls are bringing a smile to people online as performers took on a toilet roll challenge.

Monday, 30th March 2020, 5:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 1:18 pm

More than 50 clips of dancers and cheerleaders were edited together to create a fun video of the members of Dance and Cheer-a-cality appearing to pass a toilet roll from person to person and showing off their skills.

Performers from the schools, based in Locks Heath and Hedge End, have been missing each other since the government advice was brought in to stay home due to coronavirus, so head coach Lara Hallam wanted to bring everyone together.

‘No one knows what’s happening and I just wanted to make everyone smile,’ said Lara, from Fareham.

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Clip from the Toilet Roll challenge video

‘I suggested it and I really didn’t think so many students would join in.

‘It just made me smile and it’s nice to see they’re still practising and having fun with their families.’

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The video features stars aged from two-and-a-half all the way up to 71, and they each catch a toilet roll before doing a trick and passing the roll on to the next person.

Clip from the Toilet Roll challenge video

Dance-a-cality hs been running for nine years, set up by Lara who used to dance on cruise ships before starting her schools.

Lockdown measures have meant the athletes have had to change how they are learning and dancing together, with pre-recorded classes keeping the group fit and active alongside fun events and live streams.

In the last few weeks, the group have enjoyed live bingo which saw 35 families joining in over video link, and a dance party where they put on fun songs and all had a dance together.

At the weekend, the cheerleading squad were due to take part in a big competition in Cardiff, but this was cancelled due to the current situation.

Students from Dance and Cheer-a-cality were encouraged by head coach Lara Hallam to take part in a toilet roll challenge video which showed off their skills to keep everyone smiling through lockdown. Pictured: Cheer-a-cality competition team 2020 aged between 7 and 21, with coach Lara and coach Demi

Lara said: ‘For the competition side, it’s the end of the season which is why I want to keep morale up.’

She added: ‘We’re just doing the best we can to try and keep the athletes and their families positive.

‘I think that video really inspired me that there’s a real family connection between our club.’

Students from Dance and Cheer-a-cality were encouraged by head coach Lara Hallam to take part in a toilet roll challenge video which showed off their skills to keep everyone smiling through lockdown. Pictured: Poppy Hill and Leah Collison from Dance-a-cality