Primary school take the stage for Northampton dance school’s annual competition at Deco Theatre

Picture: Martin Farmer, Step By Step Dance School

Picture: Martin Farmer, Step By Step Dance School

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Hundreds of children took in the annual junior dancing competition at the Deco Theatre in Northampton on Saturday.

More than 300 children had spent the last seven weeks training, which included their teachers learning the steps to all the routines in the competition organised by Step By Step Dance School.

Picture: Martin Farmer, Step By Step Dance School

Picture: Martin Farmer, Step By Step Dance School

Andrzej Mialkowski, founder of the dance school, said it was a fantastic day.

“Competition was fierce and the atmosphere was electric,” he said.

“Caroline Chisholm School won the morning competition closely followed by Lings Primary School and Milton Parochial Primary School. In the afternoon, Weston Favell Primary School won, with Overstone Primary School and Wootton Primary

School coming in second and third place.

Picture: Martin Farmer, Step By Step Dance School

Picture: Martin Farmer, Step By Step Dance School

“Caroline Chisholm School and Weston Favell Primary School went head to head in a dance off at the start of the adult evening charity event, Strictly Northampton General Hospital, and Weston Favell Primary School took the

overall title and were very worthy winners of Junior Strictly Northampton Years 3/4 for 2015,” he added.

The top five schools from each of the morning and afternoon competitions have now qualified to take part in the regional finals to be held at the Royal & Derngate rheatre on 11th July as part of the Dancing Schools UK

Northampton Dance Festival. This brings together the winning schools from the Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire areas.

Picture: Martin Farmer, Step By Step Dance School

Picture: Martin Farmer, Step By Step Dance School

“The aim is to inspire more and more children to get off the couch and keep dancing,” Mr Mialkowski added.

In the Strictly Northampton General Hospital event, an incredible £14,004 was raised for the Do It For Dementia appeal. Thw winners of the event were Francine Farrell and her dance partner, James Sanders.

This is the second year that Step by Step Dance School and Sally Anne Watts Northampton General Hospital have liaised to raise much needed fund for the Northampton General Charitable Trust.