St. Michaels School Blog
The end of November saw the whole school perform their dances to a packed hall. Here in the order of the performance, are the dances. First up from the afternoon, 6C's Lindy Hop from the 1930s
Next up is 6Bs version of a Lindy Hop - a completely different choice of music but similar moves in parts.
Closely followed by the high energy 5J Jive from the 1950s
And another Jive, this time by 5B
Not to be outdone, the 1960s continued to build on the moves of their predecessors as shown here in a collection by 4P and then 4H, sadly YouTube has muted these but you can still enjoy the movement.
The final act of the first half was the Year 6 Dance Club performing an 1980s medley.
The interval is often a time to re-charge but not this time. Having heard that the parents from the morning performance had really embraced the idea of a dance, the afternoon parents packed the dance floor to "Shake their tail feathers". Great sports all of them, lead as you'll see by our own Mrs Gargrave.
The second half saw a complete change of style and at times, pace. Beginning with 2GBs "Stomp"
Year 1 learnt a second dance in the term (their Superheroes did not quite fit here) so instead took a look at a story from another culture - The Calabash Children.
Next we have our youngest children with their first every dance performance.
Year 3 have been involved with the Royal Opera House and here present a piece that was entered into a National competition.
To conclude the performance, our Year 5 Dance Club took inspiration from a range of cookery programmes to create this fitting showstopper!
An exceptionally busy week for Y6 Dance Club began on Monday 6th July as they performed at Barking's Broadway theatre to about 340 parents. See their dress rehearsal below, followed by some feedback from the organiser of the whole event, Mrs Caroline Watkins:
"The children were fantastic and a true credit to the school. Their performance clearly highlighted the commitment and passion for dance which you have invested in them. Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to the performers and of course the staff and parent helpers who made the day run so smoothly. I know it took considerable organisation to bring the students to Dagenham, but their work was extremely valued. I can’t wait to see them again next year!"
Then, on Thursday 9th came their biggest ever performance at London's QEII Centre as part of the PIXL (Partners in Excellence) celebration event in front of roughly 1200 people. In front of Matt Dawson MBE, they presented their Haka inspired "Spirit of Challenge" dance to great acclaim.
Finally, on Friday 10th July, they worked with their Y5 Dance Club friends to perform their other Haka inspired piece at the Friends of St. Michael's Fete, which was last performed at Colchester United's ground in April. Despite some technical issues which meant that they could barely hear the music for much of the dance, they all kept in remarkable time to finish the week in style.