Celebrating Diversity through Dance


by Himanshu Prashar

Ashton Community Science College have retained their title of Secondary School Dance competition champions, as part of the SPAR Lancashire School Games.

Six dance squads competed for a place in the county finals in the event held on 29 March. This year’s theme was all about showcasing strength within differences, to embrace diversity.

A particularly powerful portrayal by Ashton Community Science College was rewarded with victory by the judges, portraying the story of a 14-year-old girl who became embroiled in gang crime.

The judging panel consisted of Jessica Jackson from The Dancer’s Wardrobe and Charlene Makinson from GLL who were accompanied by Philippa Rowe and Corynn Foote from the University of Central Lancashire.

Concept, soundtrack, performance and overall impact were among the factors taken into consideration for the judging criteria.

Katy McClelland, head of Musical Theatre at Ashton Community Science College helped the students with the choreography. She was ‘extremely proud’ of their accomplishment.

Katy said: “The girls rehearsed tirelessly and they loved every minute of the competition. They demonstrated professionalism and talent.”

The event had massive grounds for experimentation, especially given that competing squads involved both boys and girls, from year 7 to year 11.

McClelland added: “We cannot wait to represent Preston and compete in the county finals at the Guild Hall.”

Second and third places in the competition went to Archbishop Temple School and Our Lady’s Year 7 Ballet Dancers respectively.

Millie and Ella, two year 10 students from Ashton Community Science College compered the event in an exuberant manner.

It remains to be seen what fate holds for the victors at the County Finals on Wednesday, 1 May at the Preston Guild Hall.