Dance Festival July 2019

This year’s dance festival was based on the theme ‘Movies’ with the Year 10 Sports Leaders making a short introductory film. Unfortunately there were no ‘Oscars’ awarded but the Leaders were keen to perform.

The first of the two days of the festival saw very special VIP guests arrive with the Test Valley Mayor, Councillor Mr Hatley and Mayoress, Mrs Hatley.

The Mayor presented the medals first to the children who had shown lots of energy and enthusiasm during the day.

The professional dancers from the Gremlin Dance Company, Hannah and Sara taught the children a specific routine related to the theme of ‘Movies’ in the morning workshop and this was also performed to the Mayor during the showcase in the afternoon.

For this year’s festival theme ‘Movies’ the dance company chose to interpret their own mini version of the famous Hollywood Blockbuster Franchise, Harry Potter. 
This dance festival event has run for 16 years. Gremlin Dance Company have been involved for 13 years.

Sports Leaders, all pupils at Test Valley School, started planning this event in January 2019 with Mrs Smith (School Sports Co-ordinator). Pupils from six of the local primary schools of Lockerley, Broughton, West Tytherley, Stockbridge, King’s Somborne, & Wherwell attended the festival over two days.

The primary schools showcased their own school dance in the Sports Hall in the afternoon.

The VIP guests presented gold medals to all the primary school pupils. These medals were presented for enthusiasm with 100% effort throughout the day and excellent team work.

Miss Hiscock Headteacher stated:

‘The dance festival has always been such a special event in our school calendar and this year was no exception. It is wonderful to see all the pupils from the primary schools fully engaged and enjoying the whole experience from start to finish. Our Sports Leaders work so hard to organise and host the event, they are always such a credit to our school. We are also very grateful to our sponsors and the Gremlin Dance Company whose support makes it all possible. Finally a huge thank you to Mrs Smith, it is undoubtedly her vision, experience and support that has made this such a special occasion for all involved and I am delighted this final year was such a resounding success again.’

Mrs Smith School Sports Co-ordinator stated:

“The festival has been running for 16 years and Gremlin Dance Company have been part of this event for 13. Hannah has never let me down over the years and has always produced excellent workshops for the younger pupils to enjoy. The theme this year of ‘Movies’ proved very popular with the pupils and the teaching staff. The Sports Leaders were, as always, a credit to our school and the main managers were amazing making sure everything ran smoothly for the primary school pupils. It was nice to finish my teaching career on a Dance Festival high as it’s always been my biggest event on the school calendar to organise. I do hope the Primary Schools will continue with their dancing in the future”

Well done to all the Sports and Young Leaders who worked very hard to make each day a great success.