Carroll dancers ‘step up’ for trophy from TV’s Poppin’ Ron

Press Release: 13/05/2014

The winners of Step Up! Winchester, Eloisa Broadbent and Kat Goodchild from the Carroll Centre in Stanmore, and the Firefly Theatre School dancing

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Falah Hassan, known as 'Poppin’ Ron', crowned Eloisa Broadbent and Kat Goodchild from the Carroll Centre in Stanmore winners of Winchester City Council’s Step Up! Winchester dance competition.

At a glitzy grand finale held in Guildhall Winchester on Sunday 11 May Eloisa and Kat performed an up-beat hip hop dance with The Firefly Theatre School in front of a packed audience of over 250.

Eloisa and Kat said:

We are still buzzing and extremely happy to bring the trophy to The Carroll Centre. We hope that our effort and enthusiasm will inspire children, youth and adults in the community to take up dance as a healthy and fun lifestyle.

Step Up! Winchester challenges local people of all ages to take up dance and become healthier in the process. The Council paired local ‘VIPs’ who had no previous dance experience with six dance schools from across the Winchester District. They all learnt one routine, each in a different dance style, in time for Sunday’s big performance.

The dances ranged from Irish to Latin, and from West Coast Swing to Street, with a very lively rock ‘n’ roll number featuring Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester Prof Joy Carter.

The audience was also entertained with showcase performances from students from the University of Winchester and Sally Stanyard’s dance school, reflecting dance at all levels from beginner classes to degree-level choreography.

The highlight of the evening was an impressive street dance performance from Poppin’ Ron himself, with a new routine devised specially for the occasion. Ron also invited 14-year-old Josh Hoffman from Integr8 to join him on stage for a dazzling display of spinning and floor work.

The judges on the night were: Katie Francis from Blue Apple Theatre; The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Ernie Jeffs; Poppin’ Ron; Sally Stanyard, a local dance school owner, and Cathy Seago, a dance lecturer at the University of Winchester. The Mayor was treated to an impromptu lesson by Poppin’ Ron, enabling him to do his first ever street dance move.

Adam Kirtley, BBC radio presenter, who was one of the compères on the night, said:

The volunteer dancers and their dance schools gave their time for free, which is an indication of the enthusiasm for dance in the District. People went away buzzing, after a night of great dance in the very splendid setting of Guildhall Winchester – with the hall decked out in purple and silver. We are already being asked whether we can do it again next year, but in the meantime I hope that we have encouraged more people to take up dance and feel the better for it!