Wembley date with Pixie Lott for Hitchin dance school youngsters

Dancers from Ambition Dance School and Purwell Panthers perform at Wembley Stadium.

Dancers from Ambition Dance School and Purwell Panthers perform at Wembley Stadium. - Credit: Archant

Dancers at a Hitchin school basked in the praise of a chart-topping singing star after they performed alongside her at Wembley Stadium.

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon performing on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. [Picture: BBC / Guy Levy

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon performing on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. [Picture: BBC / Guy Levy] - Credit: BBC/Guy Levy

Ambition Dance Academy, principal Hayley Syme took 97 youngsters to strut their stuff on the hallowed turf, helping popstar Pixie Lott entertain a crowd of 84,000 spectators at an Aviva Premiership rugby match between Saracens and Harlequins.

The squad was made up of dance pupils from the academy and members of the Purwell Panthers cheerleading club Hayley runs at Hitchin’s Purwell Primary School, where she is a teaching assistant in the reception class.

Hayley said: “The day itself was amazing, we spent the few weeks before practising the routine to perfect it for the day.

“Pixie Lott later tweeted how amazing the dancers were!


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“I was able to give the dancers the experience as I am a former Saracens Sensations cheerleader and a current cheerleading coach for Saracens.

“It means a lot to me to be able to give the dancers the best opportunities available and create memories they’ll never forget.

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“The dancers who performed were aged from as young as four years old to 18.

“I’ve had amazing feedback from the dancers and their families and it makes it all worthwhile.

“My school is very much growing in popularity – the styles we teach are disco freestyle, street dance, slow and lyrical, rock and roll and cheerleading.

“I started dancing at the age of three and although I have been teaching for years I opened Ambition in 2012 – the same year as I led the Serbian team out in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

“Purwell Panthers train after school and have performed at local events but are looking to take part in their very first competition in the summer which is great.

“It’s all about building confidence and creating amazing experiences for the children.”

Ambition Dance Academy hosts classes at two Hitchin bases – St Andrew’s Primary School in Benslow Lane and St John’s Community Centre in St John’s Road. You can find out full details about the classes on offer online at www.ambitiondanceacademy.co.uk.

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