Documentary series following students in their first year of secondary school. Michael loves to dance and Miss Mills wants him in the end-of-term competition.
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This week, Our School's star dancer is on the edge.
I'm more used to doing a lot harder things than jazz hands.
But the Year Seven dance competition is looming...
And the teachers want him to perform.
Have you even considered doing it inside of school?
Not really, because it's not really, like, my style.
Will he change his mind?
Find out in Our School.
Meet our new Year Seven.
-It's the most important school year of their lives so far...
They're all starting here together.
That level of noise is absolutely disgusting.
This has seen better days.
You stink, sir.
CBBC have filled the entire place with cameras
so you'll get to watch Year Seven every step of the way.
-Stop waving at me!
Hello, I'm Mr Jones.
I'm a maths teacher here at Our School,
and every time that you're here,
I'm going to be here too.
Right now, I'm late for a lesson.
-Come on in...
-# Our school! #
Boom, mic drop.
In Year Seven, you'll be taught many new subjects...
-Cory, I need a bit more!
-No, it's not.
That's not a tablespoon.
-And if you come to Our School, dance!
But it's not everyone's cup of tea.
-Put your hands up if you know what a hand jive is.
Miss Mills teaches dance here, and she's got big plans for Year Seven.
Right, what I need to talk to you about is something really exciting.
We've got Strictly Come Dancing, and we're going to be in a competition
with each other, OK?
With partners that you want to choose.
Miss Mills wants Year Seven to compete
in a Strictly Come Dancing-style show.
Judging what this lot have to say,
she might have her work cut out.
Man! I can't dance.
-I hate it.
I like dancing, like, I'm not bothered about, like,
what people think. I will just break out into a flash mob in the middle
-I don't know why we learn dance.
When I'm in my room by myself, I'll do, like,
-weird dance moves.
But I don't think I would do that in front of everyone else!
Right, stand still and cross your legs for me.
I don't really like dancing.
I'm no Billy Elliott.
All of you are going to be put with a partner...
When I get partnered with a boy,
it's so embarrassing.
You don't know what to do.
You're like... It's like an awkward moment.
Just the tips of your fingers.
-Give me your fingers.
-Some girls don't like being partnered with boys
because most think that boys have cooties or something!
Boys don't take dance seriously.
Boys' logic - if I touch a girl's hand, like,
"I'm going to be married to them for life! We're married for life!"
It's not a big deal. You're touching the tips of the hand, OK?
-I just feel so uncomfortable, like,
dancing with other people.
Lucky for Miss Mills, there's one boy who thinks differently.
I've always liked dancing.
I've wanted to be a dancer since I was six.
Outside school, Michael is no stranger to dance.
My favourite hobby is break dancing,
street dancing and entering competitions.
What I love about dancing is that I can let loose and, like,
relax a bit and express myself.
In my family, it's like - my mum's mum has danced, my mum danced,
and now I'm dancing. So it's kind of like a cycle.
I get nervous at first, but after I get on stage and start dancing,
I'm, like, just like so relaxed.
See if you can make one up at the end for these guys to follow.
That's kind of like my safe place.
Say you have, like, a stressful day at school,
you can just, like, dance and, like, get all of the stress away.
I really love dancing.
Back in school, dance class should be Michael's perfect place to shine.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Wait a minute... Where is he?
Dance lessons feel a bit basic and a bit too easy.
Michael, on stage.
-Go, go, go.
-I'm more used to doing a lot harder things than, like,
Girls - one, two, three, four, five, six, seven...
-Go! Come on, Finlay!
Yeah, I don't think this is quite Michael's style...
-I think if it was harder, I would get to, like,
progress more as a dancer.
In fact, Michael's struggling to fit in, in other ways, too.
Touching my hair!
When I started Year Seven, a lot of my friends
went to different schools,
so it was kind of hard to make friends.
-I hate this class.
All of the girls from the group, OK, can you go and stand on this side?
All of the boys from the group, can you go and stand on this side?
Dancing is supposed to be Michael's safe space, but not today.
-See, what did I do to this guy?
-Miss, all I said to him...
-I'm going to sort it out with him.
I promise I will sort it out at lunchtime,
but can you just move for now?
Shut up! People in this school are really annoying,
because you bang into someone by accident, and they will, like,
push you or hit you.
And they'll be like, "Do you want to fight?"
And you're like, "No."
And it's not just dance lessons where Michael's temper
-gets the better of him.
Miss Tomlinson has called him and Ibraheem over to discuss an incident
-Do I need to sit between you?
-You sure? Cos that's what it looked like out there.
OK, so you elbowed...
-I didn't mean to.
-You didn't mean to.
-I will say I'm sorry.
-I said to Michael first,
"All you ever did in the science test was talk and talk,"
and then he said, "And you too."
So he came to me and elbowed me.
We're going to agree to stay away from one another for now, yeah?
And we're going to think about what we did.
All right? Go.
Arguing with people in general, like.
I feel bad about it after
because I'm like... It was just stupid why I argued with them.
Making friends can be the hardest part about moving into Year Seven.
Some students are lucky to have their best friend by their side
before starting secondary school.
Like Abdul and Javonte...
You are the ball. You have to hit the pins.
Thank you, Javonte!
Fareed and Ibraheem...
I promise that we'll always be friends.
And then there's Chloe and Janaiya.
Right, I spoilt it because I can't be quiet.
-I've got a big mouth.
-Yeah, she's got a big mouth.
Our friendship's like...
Hmm, I don't know how to explain it.
PCSHE, that's what it is.
-No it isn't, actually... It's PSCH...
-PCSHE, like I said.
No, really - they're best friends.
-Are you listening?
-I am listening!
We're on and off. We're like a light switch.
We're like an old married couple!
It's not just in school that they're inseparable.
# Ooh, you make me live now, honey. #
-This is Janaiya.
-And this is Chloe.
-We are friends.
-It's going to be like...
Janaiya is sassy, funny,
and she's got her own personality.
It was easier last time when I did it by myself...
-No, over this side.
-No, this way!
We've been friends for eight and a half years,
and Janaiya was the one that first asked to be my friend.
I'm very nice like that.
Right, I'm just saying, I'm sleeping over here.
I'd describe Chloe as unique, because, like,
she's the only person I know that's like how she is.
# I can't feel my face when I'm with you
# But I love it... #
The best singer out of us two is probably Janaiya.
# She told me don't worry About it. #
I think the best singer is both of us.
Right, it's coming. It's coming, Janaiya.
I'm definitely the funniest out of us two.
When we're doing our make-up,
it's important to get our eyebrows on fleek.
Janaiya, keep your eyes closed!
-It's right good, the eyes.
I know I am!
-Best mates forever!
Just a little warm up to start off with.
Back in school, it's the first rehearsal
for Year Seven's Strictly Dance competition.
But one person Miss Mills was hoping to join in hasn't turned up.
I didn't think it was going to be fun,
and I thought it was just going to be boring -
that's not kind of my forte.
But the show must go on.
Miss Mills only has a few weeks to turn this lot into Strictly stars.
Dancing is pretty sweet, because I've been dancing forever,
and back at our primary school...
-..I was the best dancer!
Abdul is certainly giving it his best shot,
but not everyone is so keen.
I can't dance.
I end up tripping over my own feet!
I can't do it like that!
I can't do it that way. I can't spin left,
cos I normally use my right hand for everything,
and it just feels so weird.
So you're better, like, spinning this side?
Yeah, that side. I'm not as good on that side,
so we've got to focus on that side.
Well, spinning this side is the same as spinning this side,
just the other direction.
-Yeah, shall we try it?
-Yeah. Come on.
OK - three, two, one...
-Not that way...
-Nearly. I can't.
So you do the other direction for the second time.
-So let's say I was spinning this way for the first one,
then this time I spin this way for the second one.
So then I spin that way and you spin that way?
We both spin in the same direction.
I was trying my best to teach her how to turn left,
but she still couldn't get it right.
Yeah, OK. Three, two, one...
-Er, I can't do it!
I can't spin that way when it's that way...
I'd rather do maths than dance, cos I don't like maths.
Um, what's wrong with maths?
Ooh, Miss, I don't want to do it!
If she doesn't do it, then I'll just do it by myself.
-As a solo.
I did feel bad about leaving Abdul, like,
I shouldn't have done that, but then I thought,
"Well, that's what I wanted."
-So I just gave up.
-Now that I've been left without a partner,
I'm kind of nervous because I'm more used to dancing with someone else.
Miss Ahmed wants to find out why Michael's not getting
more involved in Year Seven.
She knows that outside school he's a keen dancer.
Right, let's have a little bit of a chat in here...
Could taking part in the Strictly competition be the answer?
So, we're into our next half term, OK?
And I know that you absolutely love dancing.
-Cos you do do dancing after school, do you not?
Yeah, I do it outside school.
Outside of school. So, have you even considered doing it
inside of school?
Um, well, not really because it's, like, not really my style.
The reason why...
..I would like you to go is because, as you know,
there's a lot of Year Sevens going.
You've struggled to make friends, right?
-And it would be a fantastic way of you getting to know
some of these people, seeing a different side of people.
Cos you see everybody in the classroom and you clash
with a few people, but what I really am concerned about
and what I'd really like to see is you form relationships in class...
-..with other students.
So are you going to have a think about it?
-Yeah, I'll have a think about it.
-Right, all right, then.
-Shall we get back to our lesson?
-All right, come on, then.
As the rest of the students go home for the day,
one group of Year Sevens still have work to do.
Guys, I've got three weeks to do these dances with you.
Miss Mills is doing her best to get everybody ready
for the big dance competition.
And someone might be able to help her.
Javonte... I'm doing a solo.
After a chat with Miss Ahmed,
Michael has decided to give it a shot.
I was really excited when I saw Michael had actually come
to my Strictly practice.
I think he's going to do absolutely brilliant on stage.
Hopefully he'll smash it!
Since he's missed rehearsals, he's left without a partner.
But he's not the only one.
Do you want to do the Strictly competition?
-Would you like to work with Michael as a duet?
Michael, what we're going to do, because we've not got a partner
-Oh, yeah, I can work with Abdul.
-So we're dancing to Moves Like Jagger.
-is that OK?
-Come on, Abdul.
-You can do good moves, can't you?
-I know you can.
-We have the same style,
we have the same type of dancing.
And it is easy to work with him because we are very similar.
-Except for our hairs.
-Back to the audience...
Strike a pose...
Any pose. And then up.
And then when the beat drops,
you're going to go like that, down...
So when you get used to it, it looks like this.
So like this?
Yeah. I'm trying to teach Abdul some moves that I've used from dance.
-You're going to go right leg.
Left leg... Then you're going to put that one to the side and lift that
one up, then turn.
Yeah. And then you do a cartwheel.
Yeah, OK. Let's do it from the beginning, from that part.
Five, six, seven, eight...
He needs to use his expressions and face more.
-Like, he needs to show more swagger.
I've got plenty of swagger!
I have plenty of swagger! Plenty!
MUSIC: Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
That's all we've got so far.
I felt proud of this guy, right here,
and myself because we're sure we're going to get lots of applause in
Strictly. And if people likes us,
that means we've got a high chance of winning.
When he's going through something with you, try and learn,
so when you're doing the steps...
It's going to look really good. You were absolutely brilliant.
-You looked brilliant, yeah?
-Abdul is doing good, Abdul was awesome, too.
With the Strictly competition back on track,
Miss Mills is taking some of the girls from class
on a trip to learn a bit more about the art of performance.
Oh, I'm excited!
And, she's lined up some very special teachers...
CBBC regulars will definitely recognise this lot.
Our girls are going to be rubbing skates with the Ice Stars!
-We from the Icicles.
-Meeting the Icicles was good because they were pretty.
I, like, never thought
that I would go and meet someone, like, that good.
And we're going to do your make-up today,
if that's all right with you all.
Oh, my gosh, is she doing our make-up?
There's going to be a lot of glitter involved.
The Icicles' make-up was amazing.
We're going to do, like, a brown smoky eye,
and we're going to put some glitter, like, on just your eyelid.
Amy's eyebrows were on point.
They were, she did it, like, perfect.
I was like...
That looks right good.
It's like a hollow effect.
Going to start with a bit of a base.
Just under your eyes.
I don't usually wear make-up,
it feels quite weird on my face.
Oh, my gosh, it looks so nice!
Oh, I look so weird!
Now we've all got our make-up done,
let's get booted up and on the ice!
I don't know if these are going to fit!
Before they hit the rink, there is one more surprise in store.
I present to you Team Klosh from Ice Stars!
When Kloe and Josh, when they first came on,
they did, like, a mini routine,
and it was really good.
-Everyone was like, "Whoa, how do you do that?"
It was a nice surprise to see Kloe and Josh from Ice Stars
because I didn't expect to be meeting them two!
Kloe and Josh made it look very, very easy!
Do you know like after, they could skate off,
they weren't dizzy or anything.
Isn't that dangerous?
# Dangerous! #
Show 'em what you're made of, girls.
I don't want to, like, break a tooth or smash a finger.
-Just little steps.
-I want a penguin!
I'm doing it!
With most of the class getting to grips with the ice,
Chloe and Janaiya have caught the attention of Team Klosh.
So, yeah, we can show you guys a few spins.
So this is, like, one of them Kloe spins that she can do.
You guys ready?
I'm not doing that!
I'll die! I'll die doing that.
-I've seen that, I've seen that many times on the TV.
How does she get her leg so high?
She showed us one where she was like leg out, like up and she was like...
Zoom, zoom, zoom.
-Do you know, I described it as one of them spinning toys you
-spin like that.
Whoa! She's going even faster!
-It's impressive right?
Yeah, they take ages for us to learn.
So, you guys, we could like teach you how to do a basic spin,
so like literally just on two feet, you know, just spinning.
So, yeah, if you guys just, like, stand on two feet
and, using your arms,
just pull them in and just, like, spin round.
-Just like...just like that.
-Yeah, just like that.
-No, I can't do it.
So graceful, girls!
With the trip coming to an end,
the Icicles want to show that there is more to synchro than eyeliner and
-So we're going to start with our left foot,
so push onto your left foot first, yeah?
-Yeah. The Icicles got us,
and they showed us how to synchronise skate.
It was right cool and it was hard because you had to be straight.
With some of our Year Seven students getting a chance to meet
the Ice Stars, what do they really think about fame?
The most famous person in the world,
I think, probably would be Gordon Ramsay.
Queen Bey, aka Beyonce.
She slays my entire generation.
Ronaldo, the best man in the world.
I don't know about football.
-Whatever it is. He's a beaver.
-Are you a Belieber?
I think I'd be famous for like doing lots of
If I was to be famous, I'd be a singer
because I'm terrible at singing.
The worst thing about being famous is people following you,
taking pictures of you.
The flashing, people making videos,
holding microphones, asking questions.
The best thing about being famous, I will have loads and loads of money.
Right, swimming in a nice swimming pool,
living in a big, massive mansion.
-The best thing about being famous is the ladies!
Go on to the side. So you're going to do a solo style.
With not long till the big night...
Can I have you all standing here, please?
..Miss Mills has invited a special helper to today's rehearsal.
OK! Right, guys.
This is Chloe, OK?
And she's come to help you, and can you guess where she's come from?
-Yes, she's one of the professional dancers.
I've seen her on TV before,
cos my mum watches Strictly, and she's like,
"Wow, she's a good dancer."
When Chloe came in,
it was mind-blowing.
THEY HUM STRICTLY THEME
She came to look at your duets, to see how you're getting on, OK?
And watch you rehearse.
Doing our dance in front of Chloe was quite scary because she was a
professional. We weren't.
She was up here, we were down here.
-No, I was here.
-I was here.
MUSIC: Dynamite by Taio Cruz
Some of the kids were a little nervous about their performance,
but I tried to give them as much enthusiasm
and as much push as I could.
I like this song.
I don't like dancing, like, in front of people.
I find it awkward.
One tip I would really love you to do, cos like I say,
I think you've got really, like, that real cool look about
both of you when you do your moves,
is making it a lot bigger.
She was like, "Don't do this, do this!"
Get bigger, bigger, bigger! Bigger!
Draw a big circle! Big! Yes!
"Don't roll your eyes, ROLL them!"
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Chloe gave us a really good advice.
-Like listen to the beat, so you're...
-Yeah, in time.
Keep going, don't worry, keep going!
The best advice?
-To be more confident.
MUSIC: Don't Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers
Cos of the confidence she gave me, I believed I could do it.
Don't panic! Don't panic, doesn't matter.
It's good to have nerves,
but try and channel them in the right way,
and that's what I've tried to approach to them today.
A last-minute no-show from Abdul has left Michael to perform solo.
When I said yes to doing it, I wasn't really thinking straight.
The closer the day came, the more nervous I felt.
I kind of understand how Abdul dropped out,
cos everybody gets nervous at one point in their life.
When it comes to the finals, I'll be there and
I'll be rooting for him.
MUSIC: Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
I thought he was brilliant.
He brought real attitude and real coolness.
That was amazing!
The one tip, because I'm no break dancer, is to make sure
that your head is coming up.
And the thing is we can't appreciate what you're doing when
you're confidence is here.
With Michael's new-found confidence in school,
he's really starting to enjoy life in Year Seven.
I'm glad that I joined Strictly.
I'm really enjoying it and I like how I've met more people,
I've gained new friends, more confidence.
Oh, my God, I can do yours better cos yours is longer.
Yeah, way longer.
At the start, I had a bit of clashes -
everybody has their ups and downs -
but I think I've, like, improved more and
I've been really happy about it.
Sorry, Michael, I'm going to embarrass you.
Please can you stand up and demonstrate
what you've just shown me?
If you do it well, Michael, you get an achievement point.
One, two, three, four, five...
Dance outside of school, it's kind of like serious place,
but I can bring a bit of it into school.
Now it's actually kind of better than outside of school.
So, with Michael going from strength to strength,
how will he get on in the Strictly final?
I want to win it more than anything!
If you want to find out, you'll have to keep watching.
-Welcome to Strictly Year Seven.
The Strictly competition gets tough.
Very good it was, yeah.
-# My mama don't like you and she likes everyone
# And I never like to admit that I was wrong
# I've been so caught up in my job
# Didn't see what's going on
# But now I know I'm better sleeping on my own
# And if you like the way you look that much
# Oh, baby, you should go and love yourself. #
Year 7 Michael loves to dance and he should be in luck, because dance lessons are part of the timetable at Our School. The only problem is that it is not the kind of dancing he likes. Miss Mills, the dance teacher, really wants Michael to take part in the big end-of-term Strictly dance competition, but he is having none of it. Will he change his mind?
And we meet best friends Chloe and Janaiya and find out what happens when they, and some of the other year 7 girls, go on a trip to meet the super-skilled skaters of CBBC's Ice Stars.