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HUNDREDS of children became dancing queens and kings as they cha cha cha-ed at Huddersfield Town Hall.

Pupils from 19 Kirklees schools let their feet do the jive-talking at the Shall We Dance event yesterday.

It was a mass showcase of their dancing skills, but it wasn’t just children hitting the dance floor.

Older people also got their chance to show off their moves in a day of dancing.

The Shall We Dance programme has been teaching people ballroom and Latin American dance.

Dr Judith Hooper, the area’s Director of Public Health, said: “Shall We Dance is a fantastic opportunity to give children and young people the chance to learn a new life skill and gain the benefits of taking part in regular physical activity.

“Schools have offered dance within curriculum time and at after-school sessions and we have seen a really positive impact on self-esteem, social skills and self-confidence.

“It also has huge health benefits for older people in communities who can come together and dance on a regular basis.

“Out in the community regular tea dances and weekly dance sessions have proved popular with older people in sheltered housing and community groups, providing the chance to meet others, socialise and be more active.”

Those taking part were schoolchildren from Crow Lane, Denby Dale First, Helme Primary, Kirkroyds Infants, Littletown J&I, Norristhorpe J&I, Scholes First, St Aidan’s First, Flockton First, Ravenshall, Kirkburton Middle, Crosland Moor Juniors, Kirkheaton Primary, Netherton, Paddock, Skelmanthorpe, South Crosland, St Joseph’s Catholic, Thornhill, Birkdale High and Holmfirth High Schools.

Members of the Huddersfield Deanery Project, the Alzheimer’s Society, Kirklees Retirement Living and sheltered housing schemes were also involved.