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Gosport schools celebrate the joy of dance at annual festival

SHOW Students from Crofton School perform at the Gosport and Fareham Schools Dance Festival. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123761-3)

SHOW Students from Crofton School perform at the Gosport and Fareham Schools Dance Festival. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123761-3)

 

STUDENTS from across Fareham and Gosport came together for a dance festival.

Around 300 youngsters – aged from 11 to 18 years old – performed at the annual two-day festival, which was held at Brune Park in Military Road in Gosport.

The finale saw each school leading a section of the performance, which gave them a chance to dance together.

It was the seventh year the Gosport and Fareham Schools and Colleges Dance Festival has been held.

The students who performed were from Brune Park, Bay House, Crofton, Bridgemary, Brookfield, Henry Cort and St Vincent College.

Head of expressive arts at Brune Park Caroline Bintley said: ‘All the dance teachers in local schools in Fareham and Gosport meet at least once a term to just discuss what we are teaching in schools.

‘We feel it’s so important to have an opportunity for the students to come together and perform dance in a non-competitive environment.

‘It’s a case of sharing and celebrating what we are doing within our schools.

‘Any performance opportunity is fantastic for them.

‘They have worked hard to put all these pieces together.’

The students took on contemporary dance from a wide range of music ranging from classical to rock to a pop finale with music by Olly Murs.

And Miss Bintley said that it’s vital for the students to socialise with others through dance.

‘Dance is a performing art so it’s important that they do get the opportunity to perform to an audience,’ she added.

‘Often in dance there might just be one teacher in the school.

‘So it’s very important that the staff and the students have the chance to come together.

‘It was fantastic. It was really good. They loved it.

‘They get to see what other students and what schools are doing. They learn from each other.

‘Especially with students being able to watch the people at St Vincent to see what they are doing, as they are older. They can see what they do.’

 

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