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Primary Dancers put on the show

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

  • 21/02/13 Primary Dance Fesival - QEGS, Ashbourne QEGS primary school dance festival,Hulland

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THE main hall at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School has come alive to the sights and sounds of 250 primary school children, who flocked to the Green Road secondary school to showcase their dancing talent.

The annual QEGS Primary Dance Festival saw pupils from all round the Ashbourne area descend on QEGS to dance in a range of styles from musical theatre to street.

Students and staff worked together to welcome the youngsters, many of whom had never visited QEGS before.

The opening act was led by QEGS Cheerleaders and among the participants were pupils from Osmaston Primary School, who were some of the youngest children taking part, with a large ensemble of year two and three students, ranging from the ages of six to eight-years-old.

Bradley Primary School produced a piece of theatrical dance telling the story of the Snow Queen and Clifton Primary School explored the topic of weather, with the sun being a highlight of their choreography.

The work of Olly Murs was a popular choice as both Longford and Marston Primary Schools both performed to two different pieces of by the recording artist, with Longford using current day hip hop ideas and Marston integrating the styles of Zumba and Salsa.

Hulland Primary School transposed the stage into outer space with planets, asteroids and aliens, while Kniveton Primary School and Parkside Junior School both produced street dance.

Megan Hambly, QEGS Dance Instructor, had taught these two differing performances to the students, Kniveton at their own school and Parkside at QEGS.

The final dance ended the festival on a merging of two famous musicals; Oliver and Mary Poppins.

Parwich Primary School students took their studies of the Victorians to another level with characterisation skills aimed at giving the piece real credibility.

Organiser and Head of Performing Arts Sue Farr said: “As always the festival is a great sharing of and exhibiting the talents of our Ashbourne and local community.”

Primary feeder schools have been invited to return to QEGS for the matinee performance of its next big show, the Wizard of Oz.

The show runs from Sunday, March 10 until Saturday, March 23. Tickets for adults are priced at £7 and £5 for under 18s. They can be bought directly from QEGS students or by calling 01335 343685.

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