THANK you all so much for your amazing feedback following Sunday evening’s StrictELY King’s Dancing Show!

The inaugural event – streamed online due to the current circumstances – saw Junior and Senior students dancing their socks off in pairs to compete for some very special trophies.

Congratulations not just to the winners but to every single student who took part, and of course everyone involved in making the show the success it was.

Tallulah Bruce and Cordelia Udy were crowned the Junior winners and the joint winners in the Senior competition were Billy Pinto and Alfie Peckham, and Martha Lansley and Emily Pluck.

Year 13 Drama Prefect, Stella Bluck, reviewed the show for us – see below. Thank you also to Year 13 student, Molly Whymark, for the photos!

Review by Stella Bluck:

“THE first ever StrictELY King’s Dancing competition was streamed to an eager audience on Sunday night and it was certainly a night to remember!

“Three local dance teachers judged the fierce competition, with nineteen dance partners from both Senior school and Junior school battling it out for the coveted glitter ball trophies.

“During two action-packed evenings of filming on Thursday and Friday, the dancers spectacularly performed their own brilliantly choreographed routines, along with exciting and energetic group numbers.

“After watching the lively Year 7/8 group dance to ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’, we met our fabulous hosts for the evening, King’s Ely’s own Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, Miss Hobbs and Miss Moxon. With witty jokes and bundles of enthusiasm, the pair set us up for the excellent night of entertainment we had to come.

“The Junior school were up first, dancing a wide variety of dances from contemporary to samba, giving their all and dancing with passion. After the judges’ scores and helpful comments, Cordelia and Tallulah were crowned the winners with a superb score of 24/30, after their expertly choreographed Latin American style routine to ‘Exes and Ohs by Elle King’.

“The judges also chose two runners-up, Zion and Tia, who danced beautifully to “From now on” from the hit film ‘The Greatest Showman’, and Eve and Cecily with their lively dance to ‘Footloose’, complete with fabulous matching costumes. To conclude the Junior section was a lively group performance danced by Year 5/6 to ‘Feel it still’ by Portugal. The Man.

“Next were the Senior school, with an even wider variety of dances, from a stunning contemporary piece performed by Edie and Nell, to an enthusiastic and extremely entertaining 80’s style dance by Freddie and Michael. After a tough scoring process, the joint winners with a score of 24/30 were Martha and Emily, who performed an Abba routine with great energy to ‘Voulez Vous’, and Billy and Alfie, who performed a slick routine to ‘24K Magic’ by Bruno Mars.

“The well-deserved runners-up were Tara and Aoife from Year 9, with an intricate salsa to ‘Hot Hot Hot’ by Arrow, and Livvie and Arabella from Year 10 with a sharp, energetic routine to ‘Cruisin’ for a Brusin’ from Teen Beach Movie. To end the night with a bang, the Sixth Form performed a funky group dance to ‘Jailhouse Rock’ by Elvis Presley.

“Special thanks must go to the choreographers, technical team, camera crew, editors, parents of all the talented dancers and producers, Mr Huntington and Miss Hobbs, who ensured a slick and well put-together livestream. All of the dancers should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. They have certainly set the bar high for the inaugural StrictELY King’s Dancing. It was absolutely amazing!”

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