Year 5,6 7 and 8 dancers travelled to Millfield School on 6th July to take part in SASPs South West Dance Festival. Hugh Sexey entered two dance teams; one in the Primary (KS2) category and one in the Secondary (combined KS3 and KS4) category. Both teams were fabulous; every dancer represented their school with pride and our parental support was second to none. It was a fantastic event.
Our KS2 dance explored the idea of belonging. The dance questioned, that although someone may seem to be the outsider to begin with, a healthy community can always open its arms to new members and be stronger. The dance, described by the judges as having a 'clear emotional dynamic that captured the change in thought and action' was performed with strong physical and expressive skills by its young members. The dance revealed a developing support that grew for each other along with the acceptance of one another. The team deservedly took silver medal and were really in the running for top spot.
KS3 were extremely nervous on arrival as they faced many KS4 dancers. The choreography itself negotiated the idea of self-worth and holding on to all that you have even when others try to take things from you. The dance itself was contemporary in style and told the story of a girl who felt she had nothing but the contents in her bag. When the bag is repeatedly taken, or placed out of reach, she finds the support of another who helps guide her to safety. Our KS3 dancers took first place with the judges giving them full marks in all areas. Overall, the dancers worked together to tell the story, with every member taking responsibility for their part. A technically strong dance piece with expressive and physical skills to match.
Overall, a lovely creative based experience for all our pupils from rehearsal to performance, and after many years of not being able to perform to audiences it was refreshing to see. We would like to thank our parents that supported the school, our pupils certainly heard your welcomed cheers on stage and lastly thank you to all the teachers and pupils that took part either on or off stage, you worked very hard and collectively pulled a dance together that was quite special. Well done to all of those involved and, Year 8, we hope you leave to go to your next school with a fantastic memory of dance.