Strictly star comes to Wellingborough

Brendan Cole with pupils from Laxton Junior School at another workshop
Brendan Cole with pupils from Laxton Junior School at another workshop

Budding young dancers got the chance to meet the man behind the Brendan Cole Dance Academy at a summer workshop.

The academy workshops held at the end of July in Wellingborough were part of a wider programme of sporting and dance activities aimed at raising fitness and skill levels among the country’s young during the Olympics and beyond.

Devised in partnership with The Co-operative and organisers Activate Sport, the Brendan Cole Dance Academy was for girls and boys aged from seven to 16 and custom-designed to cover all aspects of dance appropriate to all levels.

The workshops were held at Wellingborough School, and the Strictly star popped in on the last day to meet some of the youngsters taking part.

Mr Cole said: “Dancing is an important part of a child’s development. It’s not just about learning steps and keeping fit, it also teaches many different skills including posture, rhythm, coordination, interaction with others, emotional expression and more. It can develop a child’s mind and learning skills and I honestly believe dance can have a major and very positive effect on growth and development through their early years.

“I believe that dance is about discovery, learning the discipline of dance strengthens the body and the mind but most of all it makes you happy.”

The three-day course was led and directed by head coach Chris Wilson.

Mr Cole tries to get to as many camps as his dance schedule allows, as he did in Wellingborough, and when he does he likes to lead the coaching himself as well as holding question-and-answer sessions.

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