Strictly Come Dancing | Natalie Gumede & Artem Chigvintsev Tango into primary school
Yesterday Natalie and Artem visited a local primary school in Kentish Town, London to give the pupils a sneak peak of this week’s routine (the Tango) and to show all of the children how much fun dancing can be.
Natalie and Artem wanted to visit a school as they found watching the young children in Blackpool’s group dance so inspiring. Natalie said: “They were so confident and so good to reach that standard at such a young age. It really made me think of my confidence. The kids don’t have that projected until they’re older. They don’t worry about fear, it’s great; we need that as adults.”
Natalie said: “Artem and I visited a local school to show them some of our Tango. We were both really daunted before we went in there. Neither of us have children and don’t spend much time with them. We didn’t know if they enjoyed Strictly or knew who we were, or what they’d think of us coming in. What was so lovely was just their energy, it really gave us a boost and they weren’t watching with any judgement or expectation. We’re only half way through rehearsals, so it’s not at its best. They just enjoyed two people coming in and being engaged, it probably gave them a nice break from lessons. We probably got more out of it than they did. It really has energised me for the weekend. This process can really drain you, but kids are really honest and straight forward. They really remind you of what’s important.”
As they entered the school hall the children went mad for the couple. Natalie said,”…I was almost knocked off my feet, we got a big old cheer, lots of screams and hugs.”
Natalie summed up the day, saying: “As an experience, today has been just the tonic I think Artem and I – certainly me – needed. We’re into week nine and it’s been quite an intense experience. They lifted us up with their energy.”
Artem said: “Going to a local school today and doing a little performance and to see the children’s eyes because they’re so happy to see us dancing and to get such a positive reaction, walking away I felt good. It’s a nice feeling to have.”
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