Active Schools recently held the fifth annual Transition Dance Competition and Senior Showcase of 'The Best in Falkirk', Wednesday 11th March 2015.
2015 gold medal winners – Team “Denny Ever After” from the Denny cluster!
The programme leading up to the event included transition dance clubs being organised in each of the eight clusters across Falkirk Council, open to pupils from primary six to second year. These clubs are delivered by dance leaders (senior pupils based within the secondary school) or volunteers all mentored by Active Schools Coordinators and/or PE staff.
The clubs worked on choreographing their dances on the theme of fairytales – interpreting flavours of carefully chosen fairytales and adding their own twists to keep the audience and judges entertained.
The winning cluster was Denny High – Denny Ever After; their fairy tale was about a lovely princess from Denny, and they took us on a journey to far far away to follow Shrek, Fiona (from Denny) and all their friends in a fast, fun and fabulous routine. Choreographed by Kristie Campbell and Sam Kemp.
The second place went to the St Mungo’s cluster group – Born to Be Bad: their dance was a celebration of the evil characters throughout fairy-tales and used characterisation to and theme to enthral the audience into believing that all bad guys enjoy and celebrate evilness! Choreographed by Robyn Carlin.
In third place was Graeme cluster with A Graeme’s Tale – and their dance The Story Teller. They opened the Brothers Grimm book of fairy-tales and took the audience on a journey filled with witches, Princesses, dwarfs and crabs – all sprinkled with a dusting of magic. Choreographed by Amy Duvall and Katie Dickenson.
The second part of the evening was the secondary showcase; senior dancers from Falkirk Youth Dance Company, Bo’ness Academy, Falkirk High, Braes High, St Mungo’s High, Grangemouth High, Graeme High and Larbert High performed and shared the excellent work they have devised in school. The performances were creative and engaging, with a rich variation from each school.
Across Falkirk there is a wide and varied programme of dance running in extra curricular time and curricular time in all eight secondary schools; from Denny High Dance Academy and Larbert School of Dance, to Higher Dance classes and Dance Leadership courses, as well as the numerous after school and lunchtime dance clubs the opportunities are substantial. The dedicated staff that work in the schools ensure the provision of dance is varied and engaging for all pupils.
The photos taken by the Grangemouth High photography team will be on the Falkirk Community Trust Facebook page in the coming weeks.
Kirsty Love, Active Schools event organiser said:
“This is the fifth year this of this exciting event, and we are delighted to see the transition groups returning each year with so much enthusiasm and in such big numbers. The aim of this event is to celebrate the amazing work going on in dance across Falkirk schools and provide a performance platform to show off this excellence and inspire our younger dancers. I am so proud of the dancers, the dance leaders and all of the staff that have made this event possible”
Keith Bunyan, Active Schools and event judge said:
“I was delighted to judge year’s Transition Dance Competition in FTH. It is a fantastic opportunity for children of different ages to work together and for the senior pupils to develop their leadership skills and showcase their own talents. In my opinion it was the best year yet choreography wise.”
For further Information on this project please contact:
Kirsty Love, Active Schools Coordinator, on 01324 590944 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.