Kettering dance school pupil stars with Harry Styles in TV fundraiser

She appeared on the Comic Relief show on BBC1

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 3:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 3:18 pm

A Kettering dance school pupil has been featured strutting her stuff in a musical montage with global superstar Harry Styles and multi-award-winning Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Burton Latimer 10-year-old Alana Hollwey took part in the special Red Nose Day Does Treat People With Kindness national event after being set a challenge by her dance teacher.

People were asked to learn a dance routine as performed by Harry Styles to his super-positive anthem and send in their videos for possible inclusion in an exclusive compilation featuring the public dancing alongside the superstars in the original video.

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Alana featured on Friday night's Comic Relief programme alongside Harry Styles
Alana featured on Friday night's Comic Relief programme alongside Harry Styles

Alana sent in her entry and heard from the BBC that she might appear but were only sure when Alana and her family - brother Edward, eight, big sister Imogen, 12, dad Richard and mum Anne - were watching the Comic Relief’s 2021 appeal night.

Anne said: "We were all giddy and buzzing. We watched it and then rewound it and watched again. She likes Harry Styles but Alana was very excited to be on TV. Her brother had been on Blue Peter last year so she was pleased. After it was shown messages kept coming through."

The team behind the choreography for Treat People With Kindness joined forces with Comic Relief to rework the routine into bite-sized tutorials to allow people to follow Harry Styles' dancing in the video from his multi-platinum, multi-Grammy and BRIT nominated album Fine Line.

Christy Anderson, owner of the Anderson School of Dance in Kettering, has been teaching pupils online during the lockdowns and she was watching the broadcast.

The TV show aired on BBC One featured dancers from across the UK dancing alongside the former One Direction singer in split screen.

Miss Anderson said: "Alana has been dancing with me since she was three-years-old.

"I heard about the Red Nose Day dance challenge so put it out as a task for our students to learn during lockdown.

"It was a really tricky dance to learn so she did really well to be featured if only for a couple of seconds. I was really proud of her."

The charity raised more than £52 million for charities across the UK and abroad. To find out more click here.The Anderson School of Dance will re-open for lessons next month. Click here to find out more.