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Thursday, February 14, 2013
The London 2012 legacy was flying high in Norwich as school pupils from across the city danced their way through a show that aimed to inspire a generation.
Named after the key message from the London Olympics, the Inspire a Generation dance show saw more than 350 pupils take part in two performances of the colourful dance extravaganza at the Open Youth Venue, in Norwich, on Tuesday.
The show was organised by the Norwich School Sport Partnership and was the culmination of months of rehearsals and hard work by the young people.
Jon Osborne, partnership development manager from the Norwich School Sport Partnership, said the show – watched by two 500-strong audiences – was a great success and a real testament to what great things can be achieved by schools working together. He said: “The schools all chose a theme of something they found inspiring and worked around that, and the beauty of the show is that it involved young people from five to 16 years old and was a great way to encourage young people to be more active.”
Lisa McGreevy, dance coordinator for Norwich School Sport Partnership, said: “The young people have been working on the show since October and they have been brilliant. I am so proud of them.”
The schools that took part included West Earlham Junior School, City Academy Norwich, Bluebell Primary School, Recreation Road Infant School, City of Norwich School, Cavell Primary School, Mulbarton Infant School, Bignold Primary School, Hethersett High School, Just Dance, West Earlham Infant School, Colman Infant School, Avenue Junior School and Wensum Junior School.
Among the young people to perform was 12-year-old Whitney Dunthorne from City Academy Norwich. She said: “I really enjoyed being involved in the show because it was really fun and I have a really big passion for dance.”
City of Norwich School pupil Ellie Bowater, 15, was involved in a Vogue dance sequence with her school and also a lyrical ballet performance to the song Mad World with four fellow students. She said: “I think the show is a really good idea because pupils of all ages take part so the younger pupils get their first chance to be involved and the older pupils get the opportunity to take on more responsibility and be creative.”
The show also incorporated social media via Twitter so the audience was able to interact with the performers backstage.
The Norwich School Sport Partnership, which has been organising shows like this for five years, has another show planned for May.
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Lisa McGreevy runs Just Dance classes for seven to 11-year-olds every Thursday from 5-6pm at City Academy Community Sports Centre Dance Studio. For more visit www.justdance.org.uk