Bollywood comes to Hayling Island

GETTING INVOLVED From left, Niamh Robert, Stephanie Sen and Grace Harding, celebrate the festival of Diwali. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133038-391)
GETTING INVOLVED From left, Niamh Robert, Stephanie Sen and Grace Harding, celebrate the festival of Diwali. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133038-391)
Newbridge Junior School Picture: Maria Bujor

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CHILDREN have been learning how to dance Bollywood-style as part of a celebration of Diwali.

The youngsters at Mill Rythe Infant School on Hayling Island had been learning about the history of Diwali and the way the Hindu festival is celebrated.

They also took part in Indian dance workshops and had a teacher come in and show them how to do it.

The pupils then performed to each other at the end of the session.

Headteacher Sarah Court said: ‘We decided that we wanted to celebrate our cultures and religions.

‘We hired a dancer who could do Bollywood dancing so the children could do a traditional Indian dance.

‘They thoroughly enjoyed that.

‘They enjoyed watching each other’s dance routines.

‘It’s important that we make children aware of different cultures and religions so they have different opportunities to find out about things.’