Friday 17th August 2007 by C. Freeman
The star of a children's television show choreographed a dance routine at Brooke Weston recently. Around 80 students attended sessions with Peter Hillier to create a dance for the closing ceremony of the Corby Games. The students are also due to perform the same routine before an audience of 20,000 later in the year.
Peter, who is better known as 'Boogie Pete', from the CBeebies' hit Boogie Beebies series combined street dance and contemporary moves to create the six-minute piece set to music by The Blues Brothers and Amerie.
The students, from Brooke Weston and three other secondary schools in Corby, had about 18 hours of tuition and practice before performing at the Rockingham Triangle in front of celebrity guest, Jonathan Edwards and 1,500 school children to mark the end of Corby Games, a year-long initiative to raise the profile of youth sport within the town. They will reprise their performance in front of a crowd number 20,000 at Wigan's JJB stadium in August just before the first rugby league game of the season.
Peter has enjoyed working on the Move It project and said: 'It's great to start with a group of kids at the beginning of the week and see how they progress. The majority have auditioned because they're either really interested in dancing, performing or media work, so I'm treating them exactly as I would treat professional dancers. It's good for them to see exactly how it would be in the profession.'
Peter sings, dances and acts, as well as performing stand up comedy, and he says that such multi-tasking is essential for those seeking a career in showbiz. His first taste of performing came in a school version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in which he played Pharoah. He got bitten by the acting bug and went on to study drama and dance, landing his first professional role in Saturday Night Fever before getting the CBeebies job which has made him a star with pre-school children. He finished the latest series last year and is now working on other arts projects like choreography, personal appearances and private bookings.
The performing industry is now so competitive that it's not unusual for hundreds of people to audition for just a handful of jobs. His advice for those just starting out is: 'You just have to have belief in yourself and think "I'm good at what I do, I will get a job." Just work hard at it and don't give up.'
Peter is available for personal appearances and children's parties.
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