Pupils all set for St George's Day
PUBLISHED: 15:24 21 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 23 August 2010
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TEN primary school pupils will perform as backing dancers alongside popstar Alexandra Burke to celebrate St George s Day, in front of 82,000 rugby fans. The youngsters, from Saint George s Church of England School, will celebrate their namesake s nationa
TEN primary school pupils will perform as backing dancers alongside popstar Alexandra Burke to celebrate St George's Day, in front of 82,000 rugby fans.
The youngsters, from Saint George's Church of England School, will celebrate their namesake's national day at the home of British rugby on Saturday.
Ranging from eight to 12-years-old, they will provide backing for the X Factor winner's appearance on the turf of Twickenham Stadium, at the premiership match between London Wasps and Bath.
Superstar Alexandra Burke said: "I'm really looking forward to performing with the Saint George's School dancers. I'm sure the students will have a wonderful experience performing at Twickenham, the atmosphere will be fantastic."
They were among 60 Kent students who took part in a gruelling choreography practice day led by Jason Pennycooke. He tutored them in the moves for two Alexandra Burke numbers: Broken Heels and Bad Boys.
A spokesman for the school said: "We are very grateful to Aimhigher, the national initiative to encourage pupils to aim for University and Higher Education to maximise their career opportunities, who have funded this motivational, life-memorable - and possibly even life-changing - opportunity for our pupils."
The Kent contingent will dance the two numbers in a distinctive formation within a mass dance troupe of 300 pupils from around the UK.
A national and international TV audience estimated at 6million is also expected to see the display in aid of Help for Heroes, for wounded service personnel, through the Dallaglio Foundation.
For every ticket sold £1 is being donated. Tickets are available at www.stgeorgesdaygame.co.uk.
n More than 600 schoolchildren are to take part in the annual St George's Day parade tomorrow from 10.15am.
The parade, starting from Towncentre tourist information centre at St George's Square, will feature models and costumes designed by the children.
Participants will walk up High Street, into Kings Street, New Road and through the St George's shopping centre to the Civic Centre for a flag-raising ceremony on the forecourt led by the mayor councillor Bronwen McGarrity.