Dancers a real money-spinner for Lakelands

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Young dancers showed off their best moves when Corby held its version of the hit Sky 1 television talent show Got to Dance.

It was held on Friday at the Best Western Hotel, in the town, in aid of Lakelands Hospice.

An audience of more than 200 watched 19 acts, with a total of 35 dancers, deliver spectacular routines.

They were scored by members of the audience and the judging panel, headed by star of BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance Ryan Jenkins.

He also performed a showcase dance on the night.

The event was the brainchild of Karen Robertson, of Nene Valley Dance Studio, who wanted to hold a dance in Elizabeth Street, Corby.

She said: “I was really pleased the event was so well attended. The atmosphere in the room on the night was electric and the standard of dancing from all the contestants was awesome. They really were all winners.”

Picking up awards were Holly Fraser for best technique and Jess Nicholson for best performance.

Overload Re-Loaded took the award for best choreography, as well as the overall winner’s trophy.

The event raised more than £1,200 for Lakelands Hospice and Day Care Centre, in Butland Road, Corby.

Its community fundraiser Paul Marlow, who helped organise the event, said: “It was brilliant to see the children perform.

“There were some very nervous faces backstage but they all did amazingly well and were cheered on by a raucous crowd.

“It’s great to see these kids dancing in aid of the hospice and hopefully they will go on to be the next generation of supporters.

“We plan to make this an annual event and I’m already looking forward to Got to Dance in March 2014.”

Ryan, who has promised to be lead judge again next year, said: “I was really impressed with the standard of performance.

“Corby clearly has incredible talent.”