A LEAMINGTON dance school will perform in front of thousands this weekend prior to Wasps clash against Connacht.
MCBD Academy Midlands will perform a mixture of traditional and show routines in the Fan Village at Ricoh Arena at midday on Sunday (December 11).
Part of The Doherty Academy of Irish Dancing, which hosts weekly classes in Leamington and Warwick, the dance school teaches Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth’s daughter, Bayley Gopperth.
The Academy has gone on to teach numerous British, Irish and American champions – and Katie Martin, dance teacher at MCBD Academy Midlands, said she hopes Sunday’s performance can help attract more members.
She added: “The opportunity for us to perform at the Ricoh Arena came about because we teach Jimmy Gopperth’s daughter.
“We have around 100 members, so the 15 dancers that have been chosen to perform, including Jimmy’s daughter, are really excited to show off what they can do.”
Bayley, who has danced at the Ricoh Arena before, said she’s excited for Sunday though she is a little nervous.
She said: “We will be performing our Irish dances including Hop Jig, Reel and much more.
“We had a rehearsal last Sunday and also have one on Friday before the weekend, as well as practising at home.”
Sunday’s game will prove to be a decisive one for both teams as the winner will top Pool Two going into the fourth round of Europe.
Tickets for Wasps vs Connacht are available from www.wasps.co.uk starting from £15 for adults, under-10s go free.