Strictly Dance

It's Strictly Dance for Darwen Students

2009 got off to a sporting start for the Academy and January saw DACA truly embrace its second specialism of sport; introducing a brand new pilot scheme called Essentially Dance. The programme, which aims to encourage young people to engage in a new form of physical activity, follows on from the success of Strictly Come Dancing, offering a unique opportunity for students to learn ballroom and Latin American dance.

On 22nd January, DACA students visited The Lowry in Salford where they were joined by around 200 other students from primary feeder schools in Darwen to celebrate the launch of this new initiative which is being fronted by the stars of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova.

Darren and Lilia showed off their moves as they performed a dance from the new Essentially Dance programme. DACA students were then invited onto the dance floor to demonstrate their own dance moves before being given the chance to put their questions to the couple.

As one of only 30 UK schools chosen to pilot the programme, DACA’s attendance at the launch attracted a lot of media attention, with a reporter from BBC Northwest coming along to interview DACA students, Vice Principal Jade Parkinson-Hill and DACA sponsor Rod Aldridge. The Lancashire Evening Telegraph, Channel M and The Manchester Evening News also rushed down to the launch to catch a glimpse of the exciting new initiative.