Dance & Drama
Key Stage 2 Dance Competition
Congratulations to our dancers who represented St Mary & St Andrew’s at the Preston KS2 Dance Competition. Both groups performed brilliantly with fantastic gymnastic moves from the Arabian Nights. The stunning performance from the Oliver Group earned them 1st place overall. They will now be representing Preston at the Lancashire Dance Final at Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 24th May, and will perform at the Lancashire Sports Awards Evening as the entertainment! Thirty six children from Years 3-6 auditioned with every child becoming part of the dance troupe. It was wonderful to see siblings and cousins perform these magnificent dances.
Jenny Reeves, Dancer and Choreographer of AbouTime Dance Company, lead a workshop with Jays class on the theme of the cotton industry. The dance artists taught the children the history of the cotton industry in Lancashire, through poems, discussions, artefacts, video clips and drama. This information was then used to create a fantastic dance piece which was performed alongside the dance company in their professional piece ‘Cotton’ The dance was filmed and will be used as part of a documentary about dance workshops in schools and linking dance across the curriculum.
Our dance troupe performed in the Lancashire Schools dance festival on Wednesday 16th November. It was a fantastic evening with performances from high schools, primary schools and special needs schools from across Lancashire. The children have worked very hard over the last 3 months, learning the dance. They put on a wonderfully moving performance of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. It was a real stand out performance and I know that it wowed the audience. A special thank you to Mrs Littlechild for making the prisoner costumes they all looked brilliant.