Classical dancing for Portsmouth Festivities

MOVES Pupils from Portsmouth Grammar School take part in a cultural dance event held at The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122232-1)

MOVES Pupils from Portsmouth Grammar School take part in a cultural dance event held at The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122232-1)

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THESE youngsters took part in a dance event with a twist as part of the Portsmouth Festivities.

Around 60 children from schools across the city strutted their stuff at the imPact dance event hosted by Ensemble 360 at the Mountbatten Centre in Alexandra Park.

Instead of moving their hips to the latest pop hits, the performers danced away to classical music thanks to Ensemble 360’s professional musicians.

The event culminated in a thrilling 20-minute performance.

Helen Reeve, general manager of Portsmouth Festivities, said: ‘People work out, but what if they work out to classical music? A report found some athletes performed better listening to classical music than rap or rock.

‘The festivities is about the arts and doing something different that you might not normally do.

‘We have all types of music on the programme and it’s an opportunity to do a combination of things at the same time.

‘We have been really happy with the festivities so far. We have had fantastic events and people continue to be excited and indulge in the festivities.

‘There is a place for the arts in Portsmouth.’

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW

· Cathedral Eucharist. With the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir. Music by Widor. St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 11am.

· Dickens Drama Workshop. Love Southsea have joins forces with Manic Stage Productions to bring you a Dickens Drama Workshop. Square Tower, Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, midday.

· The Boat Project – Departure. A feast of flags and fabric, salsa and trumpets, Fred and Ginger and Bhangra. An event inspired by journeys for the finale of the Portsmouth Festivities as Dee Caffari sails the Boast Project out of Portsmouth. Gunwharf Quays, 2pm.

· An Audience with Sir Max Hastings. Action Stations, Historic Dockyard, 2pm. Admission £16, concs.

· Victorian Portsmouth Walk. Starts Victory Gate, Historic Dockyard, 2.30pm. Admission £3.

· Barnaby Rudge. A taster, with some audience participation. The play will be on at the Kings Theatre in August as part of the city’s bicentenary celebrations. Not suitable for young children. The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido, 2.30pm and 4pm.

· Evensong. With the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir. Music by Tippett and Wesley. St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 6pm.

· Paranormal Portsmouth Perambulation. Guided walks inspired by local macabre reports from Dickens’ Household Words supplement. Definitely not for the squeamish! Meet New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk, 7.30pm. Admission £7, concs.

· Taizé-style Night Prayer. Taizé Sung Prayer is for you when you need some peace and quiet and nobody to bother you. Completely ecumenical, just beautiful sung chants and long stretches of prayerful silence and meditation. St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 6pm.

· An Audience with Dee Carrafi MBE. Dee shares her unique story at the closing event of Portsmouth Festivities 2012. David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 7.30pm. Admission £10, concs.

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