Five of our very talented AS Level Dance students were invited by Helen Moors, the Project Development Leader for South Stoke School Sport Partnership, to perform at the closing ceremony of the Trentham High School Community Games on Saturday June 23rd.
The five students were Elizabeth Fry Jessica Waller, Emily Hazeldine, Wesley Kieran Hulme, Abigail Lara Forrister and Katherine Helena James who performed beautifully at the event. They had given up many hours of their free time to choreograph a stunning work consisting of sinuous and circular based motifs inspired by the five Olympic rings.
At the end of the event they were thrilled to be presented with medals by Helen Moors in recognition of their achievement on the day. Second year A-Level Dance student Leigh Anne Bath also delivered a series of ‘drop in’ taster street dance workshops throughout the afternoon for the students of Trentham High School and the wider community.
As Dance student Jessica Waller said of her involvement in the performance in the closing ceremony,
“We gave up a significant amount of our free time in choreographing the work which really paid off! We got a great round of applause from the audience and it was a good opportunity to perform contemporary dance work to the Trentham community!”
Leigh Anne Bath said of teaching the ‘drop in’ workshops,
“I was initially a little nervous because anyone could turn up to the workshops. Luckily I was able to ‘think on my feet’ and adapt the workshops quickly to whoever turned up. In September I start a degree in Primary School teaching so this was an invaluable community based teaching opportunity for me.”
Curriculum Manager for Performing Arts Richard O’Brien said of the event,
“I was really impressed and proud of the students when I watched them performing so beautifully at the closing ceremony. They have worked really hard this year on developing their technical and expressive skills and gave an outstanding performance which combined together both strength and grace. Leigh-Anne also coped incredibly well with the ‘drop-in’ street dance sessions expertly adapting each of her dance workshops to the wide range of ages and abilities who turned up- including mothers and toddlers from the community and more advanced Key Stage Three and Four dance students from Trentham High School- no easy feat for even a highly experienced teacher! We are all very grateful to Helen Moors for providing us with the opportunity to showcase our talented Sixth Form dance students. I’d also like to thank our drama teacher Jayme Edwards who kindly gave up her Saturday afternoon to help me chaperone of our students”