Young dancers from St Richard’s School are heading for the finals of a big national dance competition after impressing judges in the regional heats.
Pupils competed in the ‘Great Big Dance Off’ a national competition that is open to all schools in England and Wales.
The St. Richard’s dancers competed in the Southern Regional Heats at the Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall.
They performed a three minute piece entitled ‘Stay with me’, which explored the idea of friendship, loneliness and supporting each other in times of need.
Competing against 11 other senior schools, the dance company have secured a place in the finals to be held in Birmingham in June.
Rebecca Knight, dance teacher at St. Richard’s, said: “I would like to congratulate all the dancers who participated. It is a fantastic achievement. The pupils have all worked extremely hard and performed beautifully on the night. I am extremely proud of all of them.”
Year 11 dancer, Nicol Bassett, summed up the experience for the dancers, commenting: “It was a fantastic opportunity to compete in a national competition and I was really proud to be part of the team.
“I am really looking forward to competing at a national level.”
Earlier on this year, the St. Richard’s Dance Company also competed in Rock Challenge which is presented by the Be Your Best Foundation. The vision of the foundation is to encourage young people to lead healthy lifestyles and to be their best without the need for tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
The St. Richard’s entry was entitled ‘See the Future’ and their dance explored the theme of addiction and dissatisfaction with life, and whether being transported to another world would make things better.
The St. Richard’s group won 7 awards for excellence including Choreography, Performance Skill, Soundtrack, Concept, Entertainment, Video Performance and Drama. For many of the pupils, it was their first time performing on a professional stage.