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Dance fever

School ballroom dancing schemes can boost pupils' fitness, social skills and behaviour, a report out next week will reveal. More than 2,500 children aged five to 17 took part in the pilot scheme, funded by the Aldridge Foundation, which trained school staff to teach the cha-cha-cha, waltz, jive and quickstep in PE lessons. The study found 80 per cent of the children enjoyed the lessons, describing them as "cool".

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