A DANCE day for children with diabetes went down a storm at a Sheffield studio run by the family of Strictly TV stars Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova.
Girls and boys aged eight to 16 descended on City Limits on Penistone Road for the Around U event, which featured a street dance workshop, breakdancing lessons, freestyling, disco and commercial dance.
A final performance for parents at the end of the day highlighted just how quickly the youngsters had picked up the energetic routines.
Caitlin Longden, aged 12, who was one of the young people taking part, said: “It’s been so good. It was nice to meet other people my age with diabetes. The body-popping in the morning was great!”
Caitlin’s mum Michelle, from Crystal Peaks, said: “It has been really well organised. Caitlin was only diagnosed with diabetes last year - we’re still learning - so it’s been a great chance for her to meet other children in her situation.”
The dance skills workshops were co-organised by diabetes healthcare company Bayer.
Spokeswoman Andrea Postles said: “Around U aims to bring together young people living with diabetes and present them with useful advice and information in a fun, face-to-face environment.
“It’s designed to demonstrate that, despite having diabetes, youngsters can enjoy exactly the same sports and activities as other youngsters.
“It also gives young people with Type 1 diabetes, and their parents, the chance to meet others and share their knowledge and experience to help them manage their diabetes.”
Sarah Hawnt, children’s specialist diabetes nurse at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, was there to provide advice and answer any queries.
She said: “Exercise of any type is really beneficial for children and young people with diabetes.
“These children gelled really well as a group and had chance to meet others with diabetes. The older ones have even swapped numbers and contact details.”
Joanne Kempton, 37, from Beighton, whose daughter Heidi Jackson, nine, was taking part, said: “Heidi’s going to show me the moves when we get home! It’s given her a chance to interact with other children with diabetes. They’ve not really talked about it, just enjoyed the day.”