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Strictly Wally Triumphs

2 July 2011

Strictly Wally 2011 was an absolute triumph on Saturday night.

After Saturday morning's more formal Prize-Giving ceremony the Main School Hall was transformed into a Walthamstow Hall ballroom festooned with brightly coloured giant chiffon bunting, made by the Art Department, and a fantastic, suspended glitter ball sculpture created by Design Technology, these were complimented by a real ballroom glitter ball and the hall's new lighting system, orchestrated by our drama technician and her backstage crew of students.

The 14 student finalists shone as they danced their breath-taking routines in front of the esteemed judging panel of Mrs Phillips, Dr Peat and professional dancer Alistair Postlethwaite, whose repertoire includes Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and the BBC Dance Competition So You Think You Can Dance? Whilst votes for a winning couple were counted the incredibly enthusiastic audience were entertained by a staff 'show dance', the likes of which the school has never seen before! The evening ended with a dance from all competitors before the winning couple of Natasha Roberts and Katie Saunders was announced. The show was seamlessly compered by WH's very own 'Tess and Brucie', Mrs Bower-Morris and Mr Dilks from the Drama Department.

Strictly Wally was a huge team effort in every sense of the word and thanks and congratulations go to show's cast and crew who worked so hard to make the evening such a great success. Special thanks go to students Amber Small, Madeleine Jebson and Suzanne Picot who, with the help and guidance of Mrs Earnshaw-Punnett, created and co-ordinated the whole evening.

Early calculations suggest that Strictly Wally raised around £900 which will be divided between two charities, the Kusasa Project, helping under privileged children in South Africa, and Magpie Dance, an award-winning Youth Group dance programme focussed on providing open community classes for disabled adults.

Pictures from the show are on their way but in the meantime, "keeeeeeeeep dancing"...