A Halifax school has been crowned the Northern Primary Dance Champions after they proved they’ve got the moves in the Great Big Dance Off final at Leeds Town Hall.
Whitehill Community Academy’s cheerleading team, Whitehill Warriors, beat off fierce competition from 11 other shortlisted primary dance teams with their energetic routine, which included lifts , gymnastics and pom poms, performed to Beyonce’s End of Time.
The seven-11-year-old cheerleaders will not go on to cheer it out in the national finals in Oxford, in June, to become National Primary Champions.
The team scored 316 out of 400 points.
School cheerleader teacher Emma Noble said: “The tension was almost unbearable as we waited for the judges to announce the winners - it was all or nothing. We were all ecstatic when we found out we’d won. The girls put so many hours of hard work into practicing the routine and it definitely paid off. We’re incredibly proud of them.”
Cheerleading was introduced in the school in September 2013 as an after-school club and this is the first competition the team, led by Ms Noble and Catherine Oade, has entered.