Derbyshire students dance the night away at school showcase

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More than 75 Anthony Gell students danced the night away as they performed their first ever showcase to a sell-out audience.

The evening, on February 4, was planned to not only raise the profile of the subject with students in the school, but to showcase the sheer breadth of talent within it.

January 27th 1972.''Miners picketing outside Skelton Power Station at Stourton, Leeds.

January 27th 1972.''Miners picketing outside Skelton Power Station at Stourton, Leeds.

The original running order started at ten numbers, this quickly grew to 33, as students from year seven to 13 began to choreograph their own routines.

They ranged from solos, duets, trios and quartets.

Over the three months of preparation, there were pockets of students dancing all over the school at breaks and lunchtimes, ensuring that they didn’t miss out on any vital moments to rehearse.

It was clear to see that the students felt empowered to express themselves through dance and they couldn’t wait for their opportunity to shine.

Throughout the performance evening there was a fantastic atmosphere and such a high standard of dance along with amazing physical and creative energy, the show was slick and professional in its production.

This experience has helped the dancers develop their own self-confidence, positive body image, team work, communication and emotional maturity qualities, as well as giving the school a huge buzz.

The show has also helped with uptake at key stage four, with all of the year nine performers opting for BTEC Dance as one of their chosen subjects.

Lucy Forrester, the dance teacher at Anthony Gell was totally overwhelmed by the success of the show.

She said: “I am so proud of all of my dancers, the commitment and hard work they have put in really paid off.

“The show was totally amazing and my thanks go to all of those involved. This to me is what teaching is all about – watching young people blossom and grow.

“There is no greater reward.”