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Boys will be girls: Task: The cancan; Girls (some of us, anyway) love a good cancan, and can (geddit?) cos, with all those high kicks and frou-frou skirts, dancing doesn't get much more feminine. So how would poor David Cunningham, 23, cope when we forced him to come over all Moulin Rouge?

Byline: Georgina Wintersgill

Tight fit `I've never seen a live cancan before,' David says as we enter Pineapple Dance Studios in London's Covent Garden, which holds classes for fitness and fun. `I hope it's like Moulin Rouge. All girls in camiknickers and revealingly high kicks.' Hang on. Doesn't David realise he's doing it. `Oh god,' says David, his face falling as we hand him skintight Lycra shorts, fishnets and a net skirt. Ve-eery Nicole. We know it's not a manly get-up but getting dressed wasn't meant to be the challenge. David bizarrely put his tights OVER his shorts with the crotch around his knees. `Well, I've never worn tights before,' he moans, looking as red as the skirt he's started swooshing.

Dancing queen George Michael's Freak is playing - an appropriate soundtrack as David tries to keep up. Teacher Ruth Howard-Jones starts with squats but David just looks like a frog in fishnets. Next, Ruth lies down and pulls her leg towards her head so she's almost doing the splits. Our man in Lycra grimaces as he struggles to get his beyond 90 degrees. `I'll be in agony in the morning. We never do this in rugby training,' he mutters. Warm-up over, David and the girls practise a routine. David throws himself about with gusto and there's applause when he flashes his pants, until a cartwheel too many crashes him into the mirror. Ouch.

Can can't The last dance. David takes the lead but his kicks bear more resemblance to Buster Bloodvessel than a Bluebell girl. An attempt at the splits ends with him in a heap. Leaving, David admits he's been a dancing disaster. `But at least I looked fetching in my tutu.' Erm. No.

Cancan classes are on Tuesdays at 6.30pm at Pineapple Dance Studios (020-7836 4004) and cost pounds 5 per session plus membership fee.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2002
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