A spectacular showcase of dance was performed by over 200 students at the Castleford Civic Centre last month.
The festival was assembled by the dance company When Dance Happens and included school children from primary schools in the area showcasing a variety of dance styles coached by leading dance experts.
The day kicked off with the When Dance Happens cheer group who performed on stage before guest dance coaches including Maximillian Jarish, Pheonix Dance, Balbir Singh Dance and the Northern Ballet Company coached the group through a dance routine before performing the routine on stage.
Guest speaker Sarah Roxby, Service Director for WDH, took to the stage to express how impressed she was with the hard work from the young people. Sarah said: “The programme is a great example of WDH’s commitment to building stronger communities and the strength in partnership working to provide opportunities to young people. The hard work, commitment and skill demonstrated by everyone today is great.”
Mr Forsyth, teacher from Smawthorne Henry Moore School said: “Because the kids have been introduced to the When Dance Happens programme before, they felt more confident in being part of the showcase. Watching them rehearse has been amazing as they got straight into it and were incredibly confident. I know that around seven of this group have joined the dance programme after school now.”
He added: “It’s been such a great and well organised day. The young people have absolutely loved it and I haven’t had one complaint. They are all here because they want to do it, it’s definitely been worthwhile.”
When Dance Happens is an initiative set up in partnership with WDH and Castleford Academy and match funded by WDH and IVE (the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire & Humber) offering young people in the area opportunities to learn modern dance techniques, take part in taster sessions, workshops, competitions and performances. Children are also given the opportunity to attend trips to dance productions, afterschool clubs, and curriculum dance sessions as well as delivering a festival of dance and working towards bronze, silver and gold arts awards.
You can find out more information and how to join at the When Dance Happens Facebook page.