THEY may not look like the star-spangled smooth movers of Strictly Come Dancing...
But in a few short weeks these school teachers – who modestly claim they each come with two left feet – will be wowing their pupils at High Storrs School in Sheffield.
The Strictly Two Left Feet fundraiser is part of an admirable end-of-year tradition at the school, where the teachers take over and entertain the kids.
“They’ve all been training really hard,” said Abi Merritt, High Storrs communications and marketing co-ordinator.
“All the teachers are taking it very seriously, getting their costumes together and picking out their music.
“It’s going to be a great event. Forty staff will be pairing up, donning their dance shoes and costumes and taking to the stage for a variety of dances from jive to disco.”
Pupils are looking forward to seeing whether their teachers will replicate the moves and grace of last year’s Strictly winner Kara Tointon – or whether they will be more like stumbling, thumping battleaxe Ann Widdecombe.
Among those training are associate headteacher Roisin Paul, sixth form director Julie Bonner and teachers Stuart McClure and Sara Tiffin.
Former deputy head Ray Everitt will host the show and headteacher Ian Gage will be on the judging panel.
Abi said in a letter to pupils and staff: “Ever wanted to see Mrs Paul do rumba? What about Mr McClure waltzing beautifully with Mrs. Tiffin? And does the thought of Mrs Bonner doing Irish dancing tickle you? Unfortunately, Sir Bruce Forsyth was unavailable to host the event, however we will have our very dear Mr Everitt lined up to keep the show going without a hitch!
“And what about the judging panel? Will Mr Gage fill Len Goodman’s shoes adequately and who will give the first much sought-after 10?”
She said: “We like to do something each year to entertain the students. Hopefully this will be a greatly entertaining evening.”
Tickets for the event on Thursday, July 14, go on sale at the school’s finance office on July 1, at £8 for adults and £5 for children.
All proceeds to the school’s house rewards scheme.