A group of our students took part in a mass outdoor dance at this weekend’s Highland Gathering. They had practiced a piece for weeks, under the direction of choreographer Leah Waterfield from the Core. They joined dancers from other schools and dance groups in the area to perform the piece, to mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic Bolero ice dance by Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean. Members of the public were encouraged to join in and the dance was very well received.
Mrs Duguid-Yeomans said: ‘It went really well. The students did a fabulous job and their parents, brothers and sisters got up to join in. It is the first time we have been involved in the Highland Gathering. This was an important project for our students to do because of the heritage of Corby. There were lots of people there including students, staff, parents and people from the Core so there was a real sense of community.
'It was organised through Dance4. They are a really important company for dance, particularly within the community. They hired Leah Waterfield, the choreographer, as a freelance artist and they were very pleased, both with Leah and the schools. The challenge was to take something that is usually on ice and reinterpet it for performance on a hard surface, so she took key elements of the original dance movements and adapted them, so what was originally gliding on ice may be transformed into a series of kicks.
'There was a really fun family spirit to the whole event. Our students, who are all between Years 7 and 10 really enjoyed it The piece wasn’t about being technically challenging, it was really about enjoying and celebrating the Highland Gathering and fostering community spirit.'