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Rugby League Betfred Challenge Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, Saturday 8th June

The Wembley performance was an experience I will never forget. It all started with a workshop in April, when some of the dancers from the organising team came in one Monday morning. They took us to the dance studio and taught us the entire three-minute piece in three hours. They were really helpful and guided us through the dance slowly so we could learn it properly.

Then came all the rehearsals with Mrs. Brittain, where we focused on refining the dance so that we all looked like we knew what we were doing. This required commitment from all the dancers.

On the day of the performance, we arrived at school excited and ready to go. There was a short run-through at a school near the stadium, where we saw how everyone—500 dancers from across the country—would fit together on the pitch.

We arrived at the stadium itself during halftime of the women’s game. Although I didn’t have a clue about what was happening in the game, it was a very enjoyable experience.

We went behind the scenes during the first half to take our places, and it was fascinating to see what happened back there. We went on during halftime with the 500 other performers and executed the dance perfectly. The crowd was massive, with 65,000 people in attendance, which was slightly terrifying. Once the show was over, we went back to watch the rest of the game and then returned to school.

It was an incredible experience that I would do all over again if I could.

William C

Year 9