Pupils to showcase their dance talents

Preview for the schools dance event on Feb 14th.'Year eleven dance leaders from Buxton Community school put year one at Buxton Infants through their paces as they rehearse to perform at the Opera House next month.
Preview for the schools dance event on Feb 14th.'Year eleven dance leaders from Buxton Community school put year one at Buxton Infants through their paces as they rehearse to perform at the Opera House next month.

DANCE students from Buxton Community School have been preparing local primary schools for a showcase performance at the town’s prestigious Opera House.

As part of preparations to take part in Buxton Opera House’s annual dance festival Jump! 2011 later this month, the community school’s dance leaders and staff, along with professional dance artist Liz Foster, have been working with 14 primary schools to produce a series of dance routines.

These will be performed in front of family and friends at Buxton Opera House on Monday February 14, with a showcase by local secondary school pupils taking place the following day.

Zoe Hanson, dance teacher at Buxton Community School, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to perform on a big stage like the Opera House, but it also gives them a chance to interact with pupils from other schools.”

Routines will vary from contemporary to street dance, on themes ranging from the 1960s to boxing movie Rocky.

The two Days of Dance are a partnership between the community school and the Opera House.

Louise Kerwin, the opera house’s Education and Community Manager, said: “The Primary and Secondary Schools Days of Dance are now in their fifth year and we are delighted that each year we are able to build on the numbers involved, and showcase the talent and enthusiasm in the area.

“During Jump! 2011, there are also opportunities for adults, nursery age children and teachers to take part, so pick up a brochure from the Opera House!”