DANCERS who received a standing ovation at a spectacular Mardi Gras are still buzzing ahead of performing at a World Cup opening ceremony.
Children from the Elite School of Dance in Buckley wowed the crowds at the festival in London’s West End on Saturday.
The dancers reportedly stole the show at the event and their stellar performance has given them the perfect boost as they prepare to play a part in the Rugby League World Cup, which kicks off later this month in Cardiff.
Emma Knox, principal teacher at the Buckley dance school, said: “I couldn’t be more proud.
“They got a standing ovation and everyone was saying they stole the show. They put in a huge performance. It was phenomenal and they are all still buzzing and really fired up for the future.”
The event at the famed Sadler’s Wells Theatre saw 38 youngsters aged between seven and 16 bring months of competition success enjoyed throughout the year to the fore amid a wealth of colour.
To help pay for costumes and transport costs, the children raised funds by dancing in the streets of Chester, walking up Moel Famau, selling cakes and washing cars.
They were also sponsored by New Prime Bake in Nantwich and by Global Adventure Challenges, who both made generous donations towards the trip.
The pupils enjoyed a final rehearsal at London’s Pineapple Studios, where they received a surprise visit from Got to Dance finalist Kane Ricca.
Ms Knox, who choreographed the performance along with the dance school’s vice-prinicpal Holly Southall, said: “This has been a fantastic year for Elite School of Dance.
“We’ve been open for eight years in January and this has been the most exciting time yet.”
The dancers won the parade at this year’s Mold Carnival and enjoyed plenty of success at other local dance festivals as well as performing a sell-out ‘Showstopper’ show at Elfed High School in Buckley.
The dancers will now perform along with another 180 dancers as part of the Rugby League World Cup’s opening ceremony on October 26, before the Wales kick-off the tournament against Italy.
The Elite School of Dance will also perform before Wales’ group game against USA at Wrexham’s Glyndwr Stadium on November 3.