VIDEO: Anti-drugs message through dance at Grantham Rock Challenge 2011

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THIS year’s Rock Challenge was a sell-out, with families keen to see their youngsters perform on stage.

Thirteen schools, both primary and secondary, competed in this year’s dance fest at The Meres, all earning heaps of praise from the judging panel following their performances.

Each group of dancers choreographed a unique routine on a theme of their choice within the ethos of the event.

Organised by the Be Your Best Foundation, the Rock Challenge aims to show young people they can enjoy life without the use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.

Assistant UK manager Stuart McGregor said: “It was a fantastic night for us in Grantham last night. Many within the Rock Challenge have called it the best show we have done in Lincolnshire, period.

“It was fantastic for us to have a sell-out and really see the young people go for their performances. Knowing that there were over a thousand people in the audience really fired up the backstage area.”

The evening was hosted by Lady Sarah McCorquodale’s daughter Celia, and also featured a special performance by girls from Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.

Stuart said: “They are one of the best schools we work with across the country and their performance was spectacular.”

The finale was an awards presentation, with Belvoir High School, KGGS and the Priory Ruskin Academy each collecting a hoard of trophies.

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