Children set to cha cha for Hartlepool hospice

CHARITY CHALLENGE: A flashback to the last of Carol Hammond's ever-popular charity dance challenges. Next time, it's for children. Inset; Carol Hammond
CHARITY CHALLENGE: A flashback to the last of Carol Hammond's ever-popular charity dance challenges. Next time, it's for children. Inset; Carol Hammond

A DANCE school is planning another competition for keen amateurs - but this time it’s primary school children who will be taking up the challenge.

Carol Hammond is well known in town for organising shows at the Borough Hall on Hartlepool’s Headland, similar to the popular BBC show Strictly Come Dancing,

I have held a few events over the past years and I thought now is the time to give the children a chance.

She is planning another one on Friday, September 25, and all money will go to Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Carol said: “I am going to do a team match with boy/girl couples from the town’s primary schools.”

Carol is no stranger to this sort of charity competition. Earlier this year, 500 people watched 10 couples in a dance contest which raised more than £10,000 for charity. Let’s Dance was held to raise money for the Hartlepool branch of the National Society for the Protection of Children.

In late 2013, she organised a competition in which teams of firemen and police officers put their dancing skills to the test during the challenge.

Each of them was partnered with a top dancer from the dance school and given five weeks to learn the cha cha, waltz, salsa and quickstep. Then, they put all their new-found talents to the test in a dance-of between the two services.

Carol said: “I have held a few events over the past years and I thought now is the time to give the children a chance.”

To select the couples, Carol said: “I am attending PE lessons in primary schools and then choosing four boy/girl couples to take part plus one extra reserve couple and then I will choose the couples from these lessons - with the heads assistance of course.

“This is something I have been wishing to do for years - holding an inter-school competition in the town.

“After all, dance did used to be on the school curriculum.

“If this is successful I would certainly like to do this as an annual event to see which primary school wins the trophy.”