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Pupils learn history through Charleston dancing

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

  • 14/02/14 school job Carsington School, Charleston Dance Day - Instructor Name TBC

  • 14/02/14 school job Carsington School, Charleston Dance Day - Instructor Name TBC

  • 14/02/14 school job Carsington School, Charleston Dance Day - Instructor Name TBC

  • 14/02/14 school job Carsington School, Charleston Dance Day - Instructor Name TBC

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PUPILS at a school near Ashbourne have been enjoying an unusual way of learning history - by being taught to dance the Charleston.

As part of Carsington and Hopton Primary School’s history lessons the pupils have been looking at the dramatic changes experience by society after the end of World War One.

Teacher Alex Scanlon said it had given the pupils an opportunity to learn about history in a fun and unusual way.

She said: “Shaking off the misery and shell-shock young people broke with traditional values and embraced all things modern.

“Women cast off their corsets, literally and figuratively, bobbed their hair, and danced the Charleston in speakeasies under the glow of the new electric lights.

“We thought it would be a fun way to end this term with a Charleston workshop so everyone could have a go and enjoy learning the dance.

“We were very lucky that Alice Vale from Deda in Derby came and joined us for the afternoon to show us the steps, and we are all very proud of how well they all did.”

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