‘Olympic’ Dance 2012

This year’s key theme was the Olympics and Paralympics and the Games legacy. Stretching over four nights at the Victoria Hall, it involved 1,182 performers from the age of 5 to 25 from 58 Stoke-on-Trent infant, primary, special, high schools and newly formed academies, City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and Staffordshire University. Over four nights an audience of over 2,150 including proud parents, grandparents, teachers, head teachers, principals and VIP’s were wowed by the performers.

Stoke SSP Dance 2012 is a classic example of the willingness of schools, academies and colleges working together in a true spirit of partnership and collaboration and demonstrates how the School Sport Partnership network is alive and well in the City of Stoke-on-Trent.

Despite the uncertain economic times and re-structuring taking place in our City, schools are very keen to maximise the chances of our young people to engage in fun healthy lifelong pursuits.

Many of the performances on show were choreographed by Dance leaders from the local High schools, Academies and Stoke Sixth Form College and this reflects the range of high quality leadership and volunteering that exists across Stoke. Leaders visited Primary schools to run after school Dance club rehearsals and prepare the children to perform on the night.

Dance 2012 was supported this year by the Cultural Olympiad project ‘Dancing for the Games’.

A fantastic well done to the following primaries: Blurton, Our Lady’s RC, St Gregory’s Catholic, Sutherland, St Paul’s CE, Waterside, Harpfield, Priory, Ash Green, St Maria Goretti Catholic, Newstead, Alexandra Infants, Crescent Academy, Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy, Sandon, Gladstone, Sandford Hill, Weston Coyney Junior, St Matthew’s CE, Maple Court, Park Hall, Northwood Broom, Jackfield Infants, Hamilton Infants, Milton, Mill Hill, Greenways, New Ford, Hillside, Holden Lane, Abbey Hulton, Ball Green, St John’s CE, Packmoor, St Joseph’s RC Goldenhill, St Mary’s CE, Summerbank, John Baskeyfield, burnwood, St George and St Martin Catholic, Goldenhill

and to the following high schools/academies: Trentham, St Thomas More Catholic College, St Joseph’s College, Discovery Academy, Sandon BEA College, St Peter’s Academy, The Academy for Performing Arts for Thistley Hough, Abbey Hill School, Kemball School, Birches Head, Haywood Engineering College, Holden Lane, Co-operative Academy @ Brownhills, St Margaret Ward Catholic College

and finally, City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and Staffordshire University

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