More than 70 students from Trust secondary schools took part in a dance showcase featuring a variety of inspirations from the classic Charleston through to African tribal and street dance. It comprised 17 different pieces performed by students from Brooke Weston, Corby Business Academy and Kettering Science Academy and culminated in a grand finale that the dancers learned on the day of the performance.
Much of the choreography had been devised as exam pieces for the students’ GCSE and BTEC modules and there was a good mix between solo and group performances. In addition to Mrs Duguid-Yeomans from Brooke Weston, the students were supported by Francia Dickinson from CBA and Hannah Fox from KSA.
Afterwards Mrs Duguid Yeomans said: ‘The students were slightly older than previous years and so the pieces were quite mature and it was a really nice opportunity for us in particular, we had a small Year 11 cohort but they were desperate to perform so it was a nice opportunity to give them a send off. All of the schools showed a good level of quality and it was very slick in the changeovers. Our students had a tech run earlier in the week then KSA and CBA came in separately on Thursday for three hours to tech their pieces that meant we could really play about with the lighting, rehearsing with each group and really perfect the transitions between the pieces.
‘The students mixed well between the schools and were very supportive of each other so it was a really cohesive Trust event. Our students loved the commercial pieces that KSA did and I worked a little with KSA on their GCSE exams and moderations so to see some of that work performed in the showcase was lovely. As it was such a successful partnership between the Trust Schools we are looking forward to expanding it in the future to include other local ones, such as Corby Technical School, in due course.’