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Student Dances His Way to Success

Luke Rielly has won a top accolade at a prestigious awards event.

The Year 11 student won the Contribution to the Arts category at the Northamptonshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Awards event held at Wicksteed Park earlier this month.

Luke was recognised for his work in establishing a Session 4 Boys dance group.

The student, who studies BTEC Dance, and was nominated by dance teacher Francia Dickinson, said: “It was such a shock to win. It’s a great honour although I did not do it for recognition but because it was something I enjoyed.”

The talented dancer, who is a past winner of the CBA’s Got Talent contest, set up the group to encourage more boys to take part in the art.

He choreographs all the dances himself and leads all the sessions.

He said: “I wanted to promote Dance as many boys may not even think about trying it. “Everyone who came along got involved and had fun.”

Assistant Vice Principal Kirsty Farrar said: “Luke has done extremely well to have won this award against some other strong contenders.

“He is a very active student and has given his own free time to pass on his dance expertise to other students.

“His Session 4 club was well attended and was managed by Luke very well.”