This month the first Essentially Dance training workshops have taken place in the Seacroft Manston locality.

Supported by Find Your Talent the workshops will equip teachers with the skills to teach ballroom dancing in their own schools – and are part of the National Curriculum Ballroom and Latin American dance resource for Key Stage 1 to 5.

This sustainable approach to professional development means that new knowledge and skills can be shared and embedded within the school’s curriculum and extended services.

The Leeds workshops are taught by Dale Bennett – twin brother of Darren Bennett, star of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.  Due to the success of the hit TV show there has been a huge resurgence of interest in ballroom dancing; its popularity extends to family learning as dancing can be experienced and enjoyed by all age groups.

Teachers from local primary schools including St Theresa’s, Crossgates, Winmoor St Paul’s C of E, Parklands, Methley, Beechwood , Temple Newsam House, and Sharp Lane were involved alongside participants from Parklands Girls High.

With courses ranging from beginners, intermediate and advanced the first workshops covered the beginners level  in Cha-Cha-Cha, Jive and Waltz.

By undertaking training within the Essentially Dance workshop programmes the schools will improve young people’s confidence, social skills, self esteem, fitness and health – and hope to enhance community involvement and engagement within the Seacroft Manston areas.