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School transformed into Strictly ballroom

STAFF and pupils at Melksham Oak Community School put on a 90s’ themed, Strictly Come Dancing-style show that saw teachers battle it out to be named the overall winners. 

Staff couples put their dance moves to the test as they took on different dance styles in the competition on Friday 9th November, with one pair crowned the overall winners.  The evening was enjoyed by 140 guests, who were able to vote for their favourite dancers. 

Tamsin Crook, dance teacher at Melksham Oak said, “We had an epic night – we had to add another 40 chairs, with extra tables and decorations, because so many extra people turned up, meaning our audience boomed to 140! 

“The five staff couples were brilliant – Martina Liggins and Rich Lavery danced to MC Hammer’s ‘Can’t Touch This’, using typical moves from the 1990s, including his signature sideways move. Rachel Hamblin and Ashley Williams danced a salsa to Backstreet Boys’ ‘Back Street’s Back’, with a full-size homemade coffin and Ash wrapped up like a mummy. 

“Rebecca Taylor and Mark Surowiev danced a lively Charleston, with loads of energy and the swimming move to finish. Katie Lambert and Aidan Blowers won the audience’s highest vote and the People’s Champion Cup with a fully worked out scenario into a lovely waltz to Seal’s ‘Kiss from a Rose’ and on to some cracking, ‘90s moves to Will Smith’s ‘Boom Shake the Room’.

“The overall winners who won Strictly Come Melksham 2018 were Natalie James and Heidi Shore who performed a totally accomplished Cha Cha Cha, with a ‘90s workout theme. It was a fantastic evening overall, which showed so much team spirit from all involved, plus support from staff, family & friends in the audience.”

Top: The staff couples during rehearsal. Above: The students who put on their own performance during rehearsal.

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