Strictly ballroom for MK Juniors

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Lessons have moved on to the dance floor for school pupils taking part in Strictly MK Junior.

The youngsters have been learning ballroom dancing in readiness for the Strictly MK Junior competition.

This follows the main Strictly MK event which features celebrity dancers competing for the glittering mirror ball trophy.

The idea behind Strictly MK Junior was to introduce pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 to ballroom and Latin dancing as a movement activity.

Schools taking part have been busy rehearsing formation teams of 10 dancers for the event, but only one team will be crowned champions of Strictly MK Junior 2013 by a panel of expert judges.

A total of 14 teams representing eight primary schools will compete in the first ever Strictly MK Junior Championship next weekend. At the same time each school will be helping to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Willen Hospice.

All pupils will be awarded medals by Councillor Brian White, Mayor of Milton Keynes, who will be supporting both dance competitions.

He will take part in the main event as a celebrity dancer, partnered with professional dancer Davina Lawrence, and during the Junior event, the Mayor will perform his show dance live to the arena audience.

Both Strictly events take place at the Indoor International Arena at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Slapton, Bucks.

The main event will be held on Saturday, October 26, with 15 couples, comprising celebrities and their professional partners, taking to the dance floor with their interpretation of the cha cha and waltz.

Four couples will then go through to the final and have to perform a show dance.

The Strictly MK Junior event takes place the following day, Sunday, October 27.

>Schools taking part include:

>Bushfield Middle School

>Charles Warren Academy

>Loughton Primary School

>Oxley Park Academy

>Priory Rise Primary School

>Rickley Park Primary School

>Stanton Middle School

>Two Mile Ash School

Tickets for Strictly MK Juniors can be purchased from participating schools, cost adults £7, children £5.

Other tickets are available via www.strictlymk.co.uk Doors open at 2:15pm.