Dance stars Chris and Wes teach Blyth kids their moves as part of community project

Published
25/06/2015 by

A dance duo who rose to fame by winning a TV talent show shared their skills with North East youngsters at special workshops.

Chris Donnelly and Wesley Clack - better known as Chris and Wes - won Sky 1’s Gotta Dance competition in 2011 and the £250,000 prize.

And they performed and hosted master classes in street dance at Blyth Sports Centre and Newbiggin Leisure Centre, in partnership with Blyth’s Bad Apples youth project.

Caroline Ball, who runs Bad Apples, said: ”We offer youngsters different avenues in life. Some kids will inevitably turn to crime, some will be unemployed and some will just sit with a games console in their hand.

“At Bad Apples we show them that there is more to life then computers. It’s about getting up and outside and learning new skills which will help them in later life.

“Bad Apples North East was created to bring entertainment, education, employment and opportunity to young people in the North East.”

The project operates from the Scottish Borders in the north to North Yorkshire in the south, organising events, workshops and activities which are fun and safe.

After their breakthrough on the dance show, presented by Davina McCall, Londoners Chris and Wes became reality TV stars when they featured in their own fly-on-the-wall series.

Wes said: “Street dance is energetic, fun and you can really let off some steam.

“We love getting involved in projects like these as it can really help some young people who would never really think about learning to dance.”