Dancer festival

Whitcliffe Mount School held their annual Dance Festival, where the kids from local schools performed for parents and other pupils. Whitcliffe Mount cheerleading squad who got through to the West Yorkshire Youth Games, representing Kirklees. (d10031140)

Whitcliffe Mount School held their annual Dance Festival, where the kids from local schools performed for parents and other pupils. Whitcliffe Mount cheerleading squad who got through to the West Yorkshire Youth Games, representing Kirklees. (d10031140)

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TWINKLE toed school children from across Spen took part in a glitzy dance festival at Whitcliffe Mount School.

The eighth annual dance festival pitted first and middle schools against one another, after months of hard work by Whitcliffe pupils.

Whitcliffe Mount School held their annual Dance Festival, where the kids from local schools performed for parents and other pupils. Kristy Hare from the Whitcliffe Mount cheerleading squad who got through to the West Yorkshire Youth Games, representing Kirklees. (d10031143)

Whitcliffe Mount School held their annual Dance Festival, where the kids from local schools performed for parents and other pupils. Kristy Hare from the Whitcliffe Mount cheerleading squad who got through to the West Yorkshire Youth Games, representing Kirklees. (d10031143)

Since September they have been visiting younger children after school to teach them routines for the festival.

Over two nights, hundreds of people packed into the hall to watch over 250 children take to the stage.

School sports co-ordinator Jonathan Nolan said: “The dance leaders are a remarkable set of Whitcliffe Mount pupils who take on an enormous amount of responsibility for the pupils they work with.

“They not only choose their own music and choreograph their own dances, but they also take ownership of the organising and buying of the costumes.

“They deserve a huge amount of credit. They are excellent role models and are helping to shape the pupils of tomorrow.”

Many of the dance leaders took part in the festival four or five years ago and returned to their old schools to help prepare the leaders of the future.

Mr Nolan added: “It’s a pleasure to see all their hard work pay off.”