Strictly Come Dancing star Izabela Hannah brings ballroom to Sutton schools - 11.12.09
Strictly Come Dancing star, Izabela Hannah, will lead a ballroom extravaganza at a Sutton school next week, (14 December), just days before the final of the popular BBC television show.
Fifty-six teenagers from four local secondary schools will show off their tango and jive to impress the judges in a knock-out competition run by Sutton Council.
Following 10 weeks of lessons with TV star and professional dancer, Izabela, who partnered world snooker champion Dennis Taylor in series three of Strictly Come Dancing, 28 elaborately costumed couples will now demonstrate their skills in front of a 300-strong audience at St Philomena's High School.
Along with the usual range of team sports and athletics, Sutton pupils are also offered korfball, street dance, judo, yoga and tae-kwon do. The broad range of activities is designed to suit all personalities and abilities and helps ensure that all children complete at least two hours of school sports every week.
Cllr Tony Brett-Young, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning Services at Sutton Council, said: "I am so pleased that the pupils have embraced ballroom dancing classes with such enthusiasm and all come together for this fabulous event.
"Many of the young people had not had the chance to try dancing before and have been surprised by the level of strength and stamina required. It's a great way to keep active, especially in these winter months when many sports are affected by the weather.
"Sutton's schools are among the best in the country and this is just one of the many things we do to help encourage pupils to realise their potential. We are thrilled to have Izabela's expertise to inspire and guide our young people to take part in the competition and I wish all participants the best of luck in the final!"
The Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Margaret Court, will present the top couple with a medal, certificate and a subscription to further dance lessons at Iocal dance studios 'Dance Options'.
Professional compere Luke Sampson will take Bruce Forsyth's place to host the evening event which will also include a charity raffle in aid of the Royal Marsden hospital.
Sutton's junior Strictly Come Dancing 2008 competition winners from John Fisher Boys School and St Philomena's High have both continued their dance classes after gaining an interest in the sport during their school lessons.
This year's competition takes place on Monday 14 December at 7pm.