Sheffield children wow crowds on Strictly Come Dancing

Sheffield dancing couple Max Draper and Olivia King, aged nine and ten respectively, waltzed in front of nine million viewers on the opening night of hit television show Strictly Come Dancing.
Sheffield dancing couple Max Draper and Olivia King, aged nine and ten respectively, waltzed in front of nine million viewers on the opening night of hit television show Strictly Come Dancing.
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Two Sheffield children waltzed in front of nine million people after appearing on hit television show Strictly Come Dancing.

Adorable dancing partners Max Draper and Olivia King, aged nine and ten respectively, performed the dance on the opening night of the hit show on Saturday night.

Max Draper and Olivia King with new professional dancers for this year's Strictly Come Dancing, Neil and Katya Jones.

Max Draper and Olivia King with new professional dancers for this year's Strictly Come Dancing, Neil and Katya Jones.

The pair got to meet all the stars of the show, including the cast, the judges and the celebrity contestants ahead of their glittering performance.

Max, of Beighton, said: "I loved everything about being on Strictly Come Dancing, it was so much fun. I wasn't nervous either, it was more excitement."

Olivia, of Charnock, said: "Strictly was absolutely amazing, I loved every minute. It didn't feel real, though, it was like a dream."

The couple, who only started performing together in January, danced in the show's opening sequences alongside other couples, from youngsters to elderly people.

Max Draper and Olivia King with the full cast on Strictly Come Dancing.

Max Draper and Olivia King with the full cast on Strictly Come Dancing.

Max's mum Hayley, who was watching the performance from side stage, said she was 'proud beyond belief' of the pair.

She said: "They were both fantastic. They danced amazingly well and it was a pleasure to watch. I'm proud beyond belief."

Hayley, aged 34, who runs Drapers Dance Centre in Beighton alongside husband Scott, said the pair were invited onto the show through one of the new professional dancers.

She said: "Max and Olivia are quite well known in the dance world already, so that's how the offer came about."

Max Draper and Olivia King with Strictly Come Dancing's Natalie Lowe and Head Judge Len Goodman.

Max Draper and Olivia King with Strictly Come Dancing's Natalie Lowe and Head Judge Len Goodman.

The pair, who practice together six nights a week and compete most weekends, will be competing in the National Championships in Blackpool in November.

They will also be competing in the World Championships in Paris in December.

Olivia, who started dancing when she was four, said: "I love dancing and I think we could be the next big things in the dance world one day."

Max, who only started traditional dancing in November, said: "I really like it too, it is a lot of fun."

Max Draper and Olivia King in rehearsals ahead of their performance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Max Draper and Olivia King in rehearsals ahead of their performance on Strictly Come Dancing.

To get involved in dancing, visit: www.drapersdance.co.uk