Students from Churchfields Academy have been celebrating success in dance this year by performing for parents and fellow students.
More than 50 young people took part in the 14th Annual Dance Showcase and many went on to also show their talents at an event celebrating dance at Swindon’s New College.
Arranged by Caroline Jarvis, Assistant Vice Principal and the academy’s Head of Dance, the event was designed to celebrate the work of young people who enjoy the art of dance. It took place in Falmouth Hall which is part of the academy’s campus in Salcombe Grove, Swindon.
Caroline said: “Many students had little or no experience of dance other than their weekly dance lesson and this was their first public performance. Over 50 students were involved either performing or helping out backstage.
“The event was a huge success and was a true celebration of dance. This year we had ballet, contemporary, street, tap and Brazilian dance.”
One student, Joanna Miller, aged 12 took part in several dance performances on the evening.
She said: “It was really fun, I love dancing and when I am older I would like to be a professional performer.”
Elliemay Newman, also aged 12, also took part in several dances.
She said: “I think the audience enjoyed it, it was great to learn from the older dancers to help us improve.”
The academy is particularly celebrating the success of Charnay Hart, in Year 11, who has been training with the South West Youth Dance Academy; Joanna Miller (Year 7) for her performances with the English National Youth Ballet Company and Oliver Lane (Year 8), pictured above, who has got through to the last round of the Youth Dance Academy auditions.