Strictly star’s dance school is coming to Wellingborough

The Brendan Cole Dance Academy
The Brendan Cole Dance Academy

Budding young dancers can learn how to move like a Strictly Come Dancing star when the Brendan Cole Dance Academy comes to Wellingborough later this month.

The Academy workshops are part of a wider programme of sporting and dance activities aimed at raising fitness and skill levels among the country’s young in the run-up to the Olympics and beyond.

Devised in partnership with The Co-operative and organisers Activate Sport, it is for girls and boys aged from seven to 16 and they are custom-designed to cover all aspects of dance appropriate to all levels.

Classes will take place at Wellingborough School from July 25 to July 27 from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Mr Cole said: “The inspiration behind my academy is so much more than teaching children to dance. It’s the opportunity to share what I experienced throughout my childhood and something I am very excited about doing.

“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. I want to make my Academy something special that’s available to all children across the UK.”

The course is led and directed by head coach Chris Wilson, who brings his experience and Brendan Cole’s approach to build skills and confidence.

Mr Cole said he tries to get to as many camps as his dance schedule allows and when he does he likes to lead the coaching himself as well as holding question-and-answer sessions. His visits tend to last around two hours and parents are also welcome to attend these classes.

For details email, call 0115 9731676, or visit