Chippenham Sports Partnership Dance Festival 2017

Chippenham Sports Partnership Dance Festival 2017   Word 07032017 141303It was an exciting day for all the participants at the very first Chippenham Sports Partnership Dance festival which was held on 28 February at Abbeyfield School.

Over 170 primary school children and 100 secondary children took part and performed in front of a sold out assembly hall. It was really well supported and the largest of its kind ever organised in the Chippenham Partnership.

All those involved have been rehearsing for weeks to prepare for the show, which featured many class-sized groups aged from 6 – 11 as well as some performances from the secondary schools which will no doubt inspired the next generation of dancers.

This year’s theme “Movie Night” came from the time of year when the nights are dark, cold and we all want to stay inside and put on a good movie. It was also chosen to allow children to get creative and incorporate lots of ideas from all kinds of movies.

There was much excitement during the afternoon as everyone was rehearsing form 3.30pm to get used to the hall as doors opened at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The children were nervous but excited and there was a real buzz of anticipation in the air.

The audience of relatives were all clearly behind the performers enjoyed the variety of entertaining dances and Sam Goring and Harvey Austin who compered the event were quick witted and entertaining too, adding to the atmosphere of the festival and helping it flow.

A special thanks to Caroline “The Dance Lady” who has run the CPD Dance Workshop and worked alongside the SSCOs to help make the first ever Chippenham Sports Partnership, Dance Festival a reality.

To support this year’s Dance Festival, the PLTs were invited to attend a CPD Dance course, which was organised by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) and run by specialist dance training company iMovesdance. Staff were introduced to a range of ideas and resources suitable for different age groups with an easy to follow assessment framework.

The evening would not have been possible without the Abbeyfield Sports Ambassadors who helped run this event: Janisha Kaur, Hannah Yendley, Eloise Legg, Peter Beard, Charlotte Yendley, Becky Cooke, Abbie Cross, Chantalle Church, Cat Weston, Holly-Ann Wood, Taran Padam, Harrison Jones, Sarah Saville, Charlotte Bell, Lauren Miller, Kat Cowley, Aleks Kupis, Isobel Humber, Emily Fletcher, Megan Lloyd. Tech Team: Archie Pierce and Adam Smith.

Lastly a special thanks goes to the Teachers/Teaching assistants and the children for their energy and enthusiasm in the lead up to and during tonight’s performance.

Schools Participating:

Abbeyfield St Marys Queens Crescent
Charter Hardenhuish Monkton Park
Langley Fitzurse    Kings Lodge    Frogwell
Redland Sheldon  Sheldon  


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