THERE was no mirror ball trophy or acid-tongued Todd McKenney at Ballarat Secondary College’s Wendouree campus on Tuesday.
But there were twinkle-toed teachers and shimmying students when the school hosted its very own version of Dancing With The Stars.
Health and physical education learning area leader Tanya Beacham said it was the culmination of the school’s five-week dance unit, with years 9 and 10 students learning social and ballroom dancing and years 7 and 8 doing bush dancing.
Dance teacher Eric Langden, of the Jim Welsh Dance Studio, doubled as a celebrity judge and also performed a routine of his own during the lunchtime event, much to the delight of the crowd.
“We find it’s good for the kids. There’s a maturity to dance and it’s a different discipline for them,” Ms Beacham said.
“They are very respectful of each other.”
Ms Beacham said events such as Dancing With The Stars also helped build school spirit.
“It helps in the classroom too.”
Several couples from year 9 and 10 took part in the event, along with some teachers.
“We give out encouragement awards and we don’t have any nasty judges.”