Lawn Manor pupils dance their way to the Great Big Dance Off trophy

By Jessica Durston - 5 July 2022

EducationSecondary

Students from Lawn Manor Academy in Swindon battled against schools from across England to scoop the top prize at the Great Big Dance Off - a national dance competition held annually in Cheltenham.

The Great Big Dance Off contest gives young people the opportunity to dance on a professional stage in a fun and enjoyable manner, whilst showcasing the talents of each school team.

42 pupils from Years 7, 8 & 9 at Lawn Manor Academy (aged between 11 - 14) took part in the competition, where they triumphed and took home the trophy for their age category. 

The pupils beat 22 schools from across the South West in the qualifying regional rounds earlier this year to secure their place in the national finals, where they competed against 100 schools to be crowned the ultimate dance champions. 

Natasha Dixon, Head of Dance at Lawn Manor Academy said: “Students were really focused and have been rehearsing hard for this event.  The theme for their performance was underneath the surface of the unknown, mysteries, unity, freedom and the desire to be together.

"On the day, they danced with their hearts and I couldn’t have been more proud of them.”

Schools can enter into one of three age categories and Lawn Manor Academy won the Key Stage 3 category. 

Natasha added: “Everyone competing was at an incredible standard.  The emphasis is on having a good time and giving it your best, which they all did with gusto.”

Lawn Manor Academy is part of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust.

Further information about the secondary school can be found online at www.lawnmanor.org

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