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FIFTH AND Sixth class pupils at the Mercy School on John’s Road got the chance to per­fect their steps as part of their P.E. cur­ricu­lum when lo­cal dance teacher Vilma Baikiene took them for a six-week pro­gramme in ball­room dance.

Vilma, who is orig­i­nally from Lithua­nia, is a qual­i­fied ball­room and Latin teacher who has acted as an ad­ju­di­ca­tor in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. Her pro­gramme was taken on board by the school and be­came part of their P.E. class each week. Vilma said both the boys and girls in the classes en­joyed the ini­tia­tive which aims to pro­mote dance to kids.

Vilma, who is also run­ning a kids’ dance camp in July in the school, said that ball­room dance was a great way to pre­vent weight gain, pro­mote healthy move­ment and so­cial skills, in­crease mem­ory, im­prove flex­i­bil­ity and bal­ance, and, most of all, it was fun!

The kids greatly en­joyed get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to learn the art of ball­room dance and Vilma hopes that other schools will try their hand at it in the fu­ture.

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