Coat­bridge kids reach Strictly chil­dren’s fi­nal Pupils raise funds for STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Jean Ward

Pri­mary to­gether. They joined the ADV Dance Academy in Kirk­shaws four years ago.

Alexis’s mum Karen told the Ad­ver­tiser: “The two of us love to watch Strictly.

“We have been look­ing out for who­ever is danc­ing the waltz each week.

“Alexis is used to com­pet­ing in dance com­pe­ti­tions, but this is on a dif­fer­ent scale.

“It’s a new ex­pe­ri­ence, but she has picked up the steps so well.

“It’s beau­ti­ful to watch her and Dy­lan dance.”

In the lead-up to the com­pe­ti­tion Alexis and Dy­lan have been per­fect­ing their waltz dur­ing re­hearsals at Air­drie’s Pamela Lo­gan School of Dance, while Lucy and Al­fie prac­tise their jive.

And an im­pressed Karen said: “Pamela has been such a great sup­port to us.

“She has been bril­liant with the chil­dren.”

As well as their ball­room sec­tion, the quar­tet will also take part in a group dance along­side other young cou­ples on Sun­day.

And in prepa­ra­tion for the big event, the young­sters gave res­i­dents of Croft­head House care home a sneak pre­view of their rou­tines.

Af­ter­wards Karen en­thused: “It was a nice fam­ily mo­ment. I can’t thank the other kids enough for com­ing along.”

Lucy’s mum, Geral­dine Hughes, said of the girls: “They’re in­sep­a­ra­ble and have been friends since they started school.

“It’s such a big thing for them to get to the fi­nal. I’m so proud of Lucy and ex­cited to see them both per­form their rou­tines.”

To com­bine their love of dance with fundrais­ing, Lucy has raised over £400, with Alexis rais­ing £100 to­wards her £200 tar­get, in sup­port of Scot­tish chil­dren in poverty.

Any­one wish­ing to make a do­na­tion should visit www. just­giv­­ing/kare­n­ear­lie?

Strictly stars Coat­bridge girls Alexis Ear­lie, left, and Lucy Slavin, with part­ners Dy­lan Miller, left, and Al­fie Gray

Jive talkin’ Lucy and Al­fie per­form an en­er­getic rou­tine

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