Young dancers delight audience at schools’ festival


MORE than 300 pupils took part in the best dance at a Barnham school’s most exciting dance festival to date.

A total of 18 schools took part in the event held by St Philip Howard Catholic High School.

This was the 17th year the festival had taken place. Assistant headteacher and dance co-ordinator Ann Careless was delighted by those who joined in.

“Pupils from six to 11 years are involved and the standard of performance and choreography was most certainly very high indeed,” she said.

“Ideas for dance choreographies were inspired by Hans Christian Anderson stories, the Wall Street crash, the Victorians, Dr Who, Jungle Book and Up to name but a few.

“A real sense of achievement was felt by everyone and the audience was spellbound by the creativity and some of 
the complex movements involved in each piece performed.”

The displays reflected the amount of work which went into the planning of each dance, she said.

All the performers were given a certificate of achievement.

“Many staff are also influenced in their future planning for teaching dance,” said Mrs Careless, “which has enabled us to raise the profile of dance in local schools.”

Primary schools involved were: St Philip’s Catholic, St Mary’s Catholic, St Richard’s Catholic, St Mary’s C of E, Eastergate C of E, Edward Bryant, Slindon C of E, Jessie Younghusband, Arundel C of E, Walberton and Binsted C of E, St Anthony’s School, Nyewood C of E Junior, St Catherine’s Catholic, North Mundham and Barnham.