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From Strictly Come Dancing to Strictly Come surfing!

Strictly Come Surfing! School Reporters swap their computer skills for ballroom dancing lessons

With Strictly Come Dancing capturing the nation's hearts again this year, the passion for ballroom dancing is spreading - and School Report teamed up with the First Click project to investigate further.

Students from Shorefields Technology College shared their internet skills with dancers at The Walton Clubmoor Community Centre in Liverpool, to discover that one of the favourite sites to visit is the Strictly Come Dancing site.

School Reporters were teaching members how to surf the internet as part of the First Click campaign. In exchange, they received some lessons in ballroom dancing.

All of them interviewed dancers about their memories, as well as taking on individual roles. Patryk, 13, filmed, and Jamie-Lee, 12, directed, whilst Shanice, 12, and Monique, 12, were the reporters.

Patryk then showed some off a rather different type of dancing: break dancing!

Jamie-Lee, Monique, Shanice and Patrick waiting to do their report
The School Reporters pose for the cameras in Liverpool

They also visited Orrell Park ballroom in Bootle where they had the chance to hear some reminiscences of the dancers from the years when they used to frequent other ballrooms in Liverpool.

Lilian Quinn, 84, said "I remember when I came here the first time when it opened in 1946 and we had to queue up from the door here, right along to the chemist. There were hundreds in the queue."

Mildred Rowe spoke of her earliest memories of dancing: "I think I went when I was 15. I was dancing until I got married at 22. I used to go nearly every night. There were dances in Liverpool on nearly every corner."

For Tommy Miller, 86, it was a long wait to dance with an actual real-life lady.

"When we were at school we learnt how to dance with a chair," he said.

"There were no women involved at all. Then when you got better, you could dance with the women, but always miles away from you. You couldn't get in contact!

"But now in the later years - it's all smoochy and all that kind of stuff!"

School Reporter operates the camera whilst filming dancing
Patryk lines up his shot from behind the camera

The School Reporters then had the tables turned on them with their teacher Carl Rigby asking them a few questions:

How did you feel writing a news story? We found it difficult, but fun!!

What surprised you the most about being a journalist? The amount of effort and work that is needed to make a television programme or report, surprised us.

What did you enjoy the most? We enjoyed learning how to ballroom dance, meeting the elderly people and listening to their stories.

What new skills did you learn? We learnt how to report a news story correctly, how to use all the equipment and how important it was to exaggerate words for the camera and microphone.

What was it like learning how to ballroom dance? We were very nervous at first, but after a few minutes of dancing, we got the hang of it and had a really good time.

How difficult was it teaching the elderly to go online? It was not that difficult because the elderly people picked it up very quickly, which helped our job.

What do you think of the idea of teaching the elderly a skill and them teaching you one? We thought it was a very good idea because it gives them and us a better understanding of the difference in generations.

School Report meets Strictly!
19 Nov 10 |  Student reports



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