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Dancers host a half-day dance-a-thon ...

KEEN dancers host a half-day dance-a-thon to raise money to compete in a premier dance competition.

The pupils of West Lakes Academy gathered at the academy on Sunday to enjoy a range of dance workshops alongside the other local Rock Challenge, The Whitehaven Academy’s Rock Challenge team.

They have already raised over £600 to go towards the costs of competing this year from ticket sales from a Christmas variety show and a Prize Bingo night.

Last year, the academy won the Northern Premier Final in Grimsby and were runners up in the National Premier Final in Milton Keynes with their performance Strike, Protest, Revolt, Red October, about the Russian revolution.

Beth Walker, a Year13 student and Rock Challlenge choreographer spoke to the Whitehaven News and said, “The dance-a-thon was a big success. For the second year running we joined together with Whitehaven Academy to raise money for a shared cause and have fun. The total amount raised from the event is yet to be confirmed but we’re confident that alongside our future fundraising efforts we will raise enough for this year’s competition. Rehearsals are underway for this year’s performance, it has lots of potential and I’m excited to see what we can produce.”

Due to the schools huge success last year, the team has already qualified for the premier division of the northern final in June. They will showcase their new performance for the first time at the Sands Centre, in March.

From all at Visit Whitehaven, we wish WLA, and all the other local schools all the best for the 2019 competition.

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