Posted by on Nov 08, 2017 at 12:08pm
A local school’s efforts to raise cash for the BBC’s Children in Need has seen Pudsey take over its rehearsal of the famous Nutcracker ballet.
Though too big for a tutu and ballet slippers, Pudsey led the early years and infants class from Lyncroft House Preparatory School through the classic moves ahead of its upcoming Christmas performance.
The session was led by Emma Bate from Epic Dance Academy, who was also joined by two students from the world-renowned Elmhurst Ballet School. Kianna Stephens and Niamh Robinson, who are in their senior year at the associate school of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, demonstrated how the moves could look with some practise.
Ian Sterling, head of Lyncroft House, said: “To see Pudsey ‘dancing’ around with five and six-year-olds was quite an entertaining sight. Between him and the outstanding dancers from Elmhurst, I hope the pupils have picked up some ballet tips that they can use in their performance. The children had so much fun and I can’t thank everyone enough for coming along to join in.”
Ballet students Niamh Robinson and Kianna Stephens said: “On behalf of Elmhurst Ballet School, we're thrilled to have been given the opportunity to join the children of Chase Grammar School in a very special ballet class with Pudsey, BBC Children in Need's amazing mascot.
“The children and Pudsey are all brilliant dancers and we wish the school and the BBC all the very best with their fundraising. We hope they raise lots of money for many special causes. We also hope the children and Pudsey can visit us at Elmhurst Ballet School one day soon!”
Since 1980, Children in Need has raised over £600 million for disabled children and young people in the UK.