Big dance off crowned our boogie night

AROUND 120 people boogied on the dance floor to raise money for a charity appeal.

The “dare to dance” event, organised by Calder High School student Ryan Wilkinson and Jo Royle from Todmorden-based Royle Event Management & Promotion, raised £460 for The Great Generation Project.

Ryan said: “It went really well. It was a good night and everyone seemed to have a good time.”

The project, which is organised by Calder High’s Director of Post 16 Learning Mike Howard, will see 12 sixth form pupils fly over to Uganda to help develop communities living in poverty.

To qualify for the trip, each student must raise £500 - plus an overall group total of £22,500, and Ryan said he has now comfortably reached his total.

During the night at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club, which Ryan said he organised because he loves to dance, people danced until an air horn sounded. At this point the dance floor was cleared - except for a small group, who proceeded to perform various street dance moves.

Jo, from Royle Event Management & Promotion, said, “The night was a rip roaring success. Everyone had such fun.

“The red hooter, which was bought to sound out for the signal for everyone to get in a circle for the dance off, was such a laugh.

“It started off a little shyly, with a few lads popping in dancing a bit then jumping out for the next person, but as the night wore on people were getting more and more adventurous and it was quite clear that lots of them had prepared actual routines. About two sets of girls went in the ring in threes and fours all doing the same routine timed perfectly. The lads break-danced and received gasps and woops from the circle and surrounding crowds.”

Jo and Ryan thanked local DJs Simon Raphael (Re-Phused) and Joel Booth (Nothing to Declare) for performing, Faya Inc. who covered the event photography, the club staff and everyone who turned up to support the charity.