Thursday 17th June 2010 by C. Freeman
Students from Brooke Weston performed in a show at Corby Business Academy as part of the 'Dance 2 Educate' scheme. The dancers, from Years 7, 8 and 9 underwent intensive tuition from Ellen Turner of Ludus Dance, based in Lancaster.
They devised a four-minute performance entitled 'We Are Not Robots' which was performed as part of a larger dance showcase with four secondary schools and five primaries taking part.
Ms Turner taught the Brooke Weston students for four days, rehearsing moves and making sure their dance choreography was edgy and exciting: 'It has been really great. It is full on, the students are learning a lot and are tired because they are dancing non-stop but they are coming up with some absolutely amazing movements.
'The style of this piece is quite free but also quite broken at the same time. There are contrasting sections, one which is a robotic section, very isolated and angular then also more freer, bouncier movements in there as well. The students are really good, really energetic. You can see them getting all excited about dancing, that is one of the highlights of my job.'
Ellen Turner from Ludus Dance.
Ms Turner, and other tutors from Ludus Dance also performed a one-hour show prior to the students' display with the Brooke Weston contingent in full costume and using a robot head as a prop. The performance was orchestrated by Northants Dance under the Dance 2 Educate scheme and, in previous years, Brooke Weston students have had expert tuition in hip-hop and break-dancing.
Dance teacher Miss Duguid said: 'The students did a fantastic job. It was a really eclectic mix; we had some hip-hop, some break-dancing, contemporary and a little bit of ballet in that one performance piece. It briefly referenced a lot of forms of dance. Although the students felt like it was very much Ludus-led, I could see a lot of their skills coming through. It was an interesting set with an Astroturf surface, so it was great for the students to experiment with a different format.
'The audience was really supportive, they were cheering everyone on. It was a very positive experience. There was a professional photographer there and the students had individual portraits taken, so they have got some great pictures. It was really significant because they had this moment of being professional and showing off what they could do.'