Wednesday 22nd August 2007 by C. Freeman
Students at Brooke Weston captivated rugby league supporters with a dance devised by a television star. The students were among a contingent who had learned the routine with choreographer Pete Hillier, who presents Boogie Beebies on BBC television. The students, from Brooke Weston and three other secondary schools in Corby, first performed the dance to mark the close of the Corby Games, but it was so well received by the crowd numbering 1,500 plus celebrity sportsman, Jonathan Edwards, that they got the chance to perform it for a bigger audience.
They were invited to the JJB stadium, home of Wigan Warriors, to provide the half-time entertainment for about 13,000 rugby league fans. Around 55 students, from Brooke Weston, Corby Community College, Kingswood and Lodge Park schools joined forces for the display which was evidently a crowd-pleaser.
Teacher, Mr Tiktin, who accompanied the students said: 'They got a genuine round of applause from the crowd at the end and the cheerleaders also watched the display very closely. The students from Corby put in a great deal of hard work on this display.'
The routine was part of the Move It Project where students first had to pass an audition then practice for about 18 hours under Mr Hillier's instruction. He combined street dance and contemporary moves to create the six-minute piece set to music by The Blues Brothers and Amerie. Despite it being a very long day (with students leaving Brooke Weston at 9 in the morning and not returning until the early hours of the next morning) it proved very worthwhile with some students even sneaking a peek at Wigan's media suite. They obviously brought a bit of luck to the home team who proved victorious, winning 20 points to 12!