Brigshaw is proud of its top dancers

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: The victorious dance team from Brigshaw High School.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: The victorious dance team from Brigshaw High School.

A poignant routine about the 9/11 terror attacks helped youngsters win the national final of the Great Big Dance Off.

The dance crew from Brigshaw High School in Allerton Bywater scored 288 out of a possible 300 to clinch the title in Northamptonshire.

Lola Gaitley, six, from Kippax North Primary School, played a little girl who lost her daddy in the attacks in New York.

The piece was originally an emotional 9/11 tribute piece but was performed at the national final as one love 9/11’ in light of the Manchester Arena attack.

Brigshaw had pupils at the Ariana Grande concert that fatal night.

Heather Beardshall, who has organised the competitions and is second in charge of PE, said: “I am extremely proud of all of our pupils and this is the biggest achievement our school has had in terms of PE and sport in the four years I have been at Brigshaw.

“To be able to say we are the best in the country is fantastic for our pupils and most definitely one of the highlights of my career so far. The dance was not only technically perfect but it had so much meaning behind it. The audience on the night was so moved when our pupils performed, they were reduced to tears and it is a moment I will never forget.”

The piece was choreographed by former pupil Elle Anderson for the heats in Halifax back in February.

At the final the piece was performed with sensitivity and maturity. The clearly touched audience gave them a standing ovation.

Mrs Beardshall added: “I would like to take the opportunity to say well done again to our pupils and for all of the hard work Elle Anderson has put into this group. We are already working on our piece for next year.”