Movie stars step out for ballroom glitz

Pictured is City Limits Dance Centre's Show 'A Night at the Movies' at the Sheffield City Hall.Opening the show are Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova
Pictured is City Limits Dance Centre's Show 'A Night at the Movies' at the Sheffield City Hall.Opening the show are Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova
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HUNDREDS of budding dancers celebrated a Sheffield dance school’s 30th anniversary by bringing a dash of movie magic to the City Hall.

City Limits Dance Centre, on Penistone Road, held its first-ever dance spectacular at the Barkers Pool venue, featuring routines set to tunes from hit movies such as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Footloose and Dirty Dancing.

A Night At The Movies was held over two nights and compered by the school’s owner, former Strictly Come Dancing star Darren Bennett, alongside his wife and fellow dancer Lilia Kopylova.

The couple also demonstrated some of their own moves by treating the audience to exciting performances based on classic cinema songs.

Darren, whose parents Judith and Tony Bennett run City Limits, said the show was ‘absolutely fantastic’ and that at one point over 300 dancers were on stage.

He said: “It was a celebration of City Limits dance studio. There were hundreds of kids and adults doing various types of dance like ballet, street dance, jazz and ballroom. We wanted to put something together to show people what the kids are doing. The teachers worked so hard to put it together.”

Darren added the ages of the performers were diverse, ranging from three to 63.

“That just shows the versatility of dance – the kids were probably less nervous than the adults!” he said.

As well as introducing the acts, Lilia and Darren kicked off the entertainment with a glitzy number taken from the Bette Midler film For The Boys, then started the second half by dancing to Memory, from Cats, before topping the evening with a rumba to a song from Armageddon.

“We had to change inbetween to do the links, so that was a bit manic!” Darren said.

“The audience loved it, there was a really good atmosphere and the City Hall is a magnificent venue.

“We’ll hopefully do it again in two years when everyone’s recovered from this one.”