School’s got the Strictly bug

Strictley Come Dancing event at Old Earth Primary School, Elland.'Years three and four salsa dance.
Strictley Come Dancing event at Old Earth Primary School, Elland.'Years three and four salsa dance.

Old Earth School in Elland will be pleased to hear the news that Brucie’s signed up for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

That’s because they’ve got the Strictly bug well and truly having just showcased their own version of the competition.

Nursery and school pupils aged just two to 11 put on their dancing shoes as part of the inter-house contest, which saw them jive, rumba and waltz away to their hearts content.

The performance – which is the third of it’s kind for the school – hosted its very own Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly duo as presenters, while teachers judged from the back of the school hall with classic scoring paddles.

Headteacher Paul Reynolds said: “It’s an absolute ball each time we do it. It’s our favourite morning of the year.

“It seems to get bigger and better every time we do it.”

And that was certainly the case this year when neighbouring Highbury School got involved.

Highbury’s Wheels in Motion dance group took to the stage with a special wheelchair performance making the visit from their Rastrick base in Brighouse.

For nine-year-old Alix Punch it was a particularly special moment, having joined the school after leaving Old Earth in September.

Rachel Furness, one of Alix’s teachers who runs Wheels in Motion, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to show his peers what we’re doing and to get us known in the community. We want more people to embrace what we’re doing and know about it.”

Meanwhile, Old Earth teaching assistant Sarah Stapley – who also runs her own kids ballroom classes outside of school - said she was impressed with the commitment from the pupils.

She said: “They’ve tried really hard. They’ve been to every practice in their own time.

Sarah, who’s spent break-times and lunchtimes training with the kids for the last month, added: “Even the little ones have really enjoyed it - they’re as young as two.

“Some of the older girls have really excelled.”