UK School Children Limber Up To Go Strictly Dancing With Camilla Dallerup

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Pupils across the UK are dusting off their dancing shoes in preparation to enter a competition supported by stars of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. They want to be in with a chance of winning professional dance lessons, the prize up for grabs in a competition launched by builder of new homes in Spain, Taylor Woodrow de España, to encourage children to be active.

Pupils across the UK are dusting off their dancing shoes in preparation to enter a competition supported by stars of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

They want to be in with a chance of winning professional dance lessons, the prize up for grabs in a competition launched by builder of new homes in Spain, Taylor Woodrow de España, to encourage children to be active.

The UK's only major house builder in Spain is inviting school children to nominate a class which is keen to have fun and get fit, by filling in an entry form detailing why they should win the lessons.

Camilla Dallerup said: "We're delighted to support the Get Kids Dancing campaign. Dancing has fantastic health benefits and also helps give anyone taking part confidence; especially children. It will make them fitter and more able to handle themselves. Dancing is also great fun and children who get into it laugh a lot. It should not be about competition all the time, just about having fun and gaining a talent."

One lucky class in each nominated area will be given ballroom and Latin dance lessons from a professional tutor for a month. The winning class will then be able to enter into a grand, Get Kids Dancing final, competing against other winning classes from across the UK, for the chance to spend a day dancing with Camilla Dallerup and Ian Waite from the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Nick Freeston, Head of UK Operations for Taylor Woodrow de España, adds: "The Get Kids Dancing campaign is designed to encourage children in the UK to become interested in dance and for schools to support this interest. According to a Government report which was published recently*, at the current rate, three in five children under 10 will be classed as overweight or obese by 2050.

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"Numerous studies have shown that any increase in activity is beneficial for health as it reduces fat, anxiety and stress and makes people feel good about themselves. Dancing is a fun and effective way of increasing the heart rate and everyone, even the youngest of children, can enjoy it. This is the first year we've launched the Get Kids Dancing campaign and if it's a success we'll look to open the competition up to even more areas across the UK next year."

The dancing competition is open to children in Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Kent, Essex, Surrey, Newcastle, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Halifax, Berkshire, Hampshire, Bournemouth and Sussex.

If you know of a class who would love the opportunity to learn from a professional tutor, then why not step up to the challenge and enter Get Kids Dancing by Taylor Woodrow de España?

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the dance lessons is call 0121 362 4070 and leave your details - you will then be sent a full information pack and entry form. The competition is open to school children up to Year 9 Secondary in each nominated area. Closing date for entries is Monday 14th April.

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