Following last year’s success, Park Primary’s dance team were extremely excited to be selected to represent Pendle and compete at the Lancashire Dance Finals once again!

This year, the prestigious annual event had an ‘eco’ theme: ‘Save A Tree In 2023’. Our team have worked incredibly hard to learn their ‘green’ dance routine across this term. The dancers have dedicated hours of their time (on Wednesdays after school and once during the Easter holidays!) to perfecting the choreography. As a dance teacher in my spare time, I have really put the girls through their paces during our dance sessions and Mrs Rose (who has helped us so much as our resident DJ and wardrobe mistress!) and I have both been so impressed with their efforts!

Seeing the children discover a love of dance throughout the rehearsal process has been simply amazing! Not only have they learnt new dance steps, they have also developed skills such as commitment, creativity, resilience, organisation, teamwork and confidence.

Our group of girls from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 performed at Blackpool Opera House (boasting Europe’s 2nd largest auditorium!) in front of a huge audience. What a fabulous experience! The children fully embraced the opportunity and made memories I’m sure they’ll remember forever. Mrs Greenwood, Miss Warbrick, Mr Farry and Miss Newman (who all travelled to Blackpool to support!) agreed that our girls danced BEAUTIFULLY!

The winning schools based in each of the 14 districts in Lancashire (from the Ribble Valley and Burnley to Lancaster and Wyre), all participated and the standard was incredibly high! Park Primary didn’t quite place in the top 3 but the competition was super close and they did receive some fabulous feedback from the judges. Here are some of our comments: “The routine included some really effective cannon use which was executed perfectly!”, “The team performed some gorgeous contemporary choreography…”, “The E-Colne Warriors told their story well through the movement and the lyrics”.

The girls performed for each Key Stage in assemblies this week and almost reduced their teachers to tears!

A special shout-out must go to Mia and Chloe (3B) who worked with me during lunch times to write a special Earth poem, which was recorded and layered with music to create a specially-mixed track for the team to perform to!

Isabella, Lacey, Olivia, Phoebe, Mara, Poppy, Laura, Libby, Eleanor, Evie, Indi, Illyah, Sharlea, Emeli, Maizie-Grace and Elsie-Beau – your talent and focus this term have been exceptional. Everybody at Park is extremely proud of you!

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