Dancing their way to the county final


Chorley high schools have been putting their footwork skills to the test, in the SPAR Lancashire School Games Dance competition.

Competing for a place in the county finals, 5 schools from Chorley attended the Secondary Dance event, held on Tuesday 2nd April at Parklands High School.

Parklands High School were crowned the overall winners, dominating both the U14s and the U16s competition. Also taking part were Albany Academy; Southlands High School; Holy Cross High School and St Michael’s High School.

Events were held for U14 and U16 dancers, judged on performance and technical ability, with group, solo and duet categories in a range of varying genres of dance, including; street; musical theatre; cheer; lyrical; contemporary and tap.

In the U14s group, Parklands High School were crowned champions for their tribute to women’s rights, scoring the most points overall and qualifying for the County Dance Finals at Preston’s Charter Theatre on Wednesday 1St May.

Southlands High School were second, having showcased dance through the decades, reminiscing through the 1940s, 50s and up to the present day. A second Parklands High School team also picked up third place.

In the U16s category, Parklands also picked up first and second place with St Michael’s scoring third.

Gemma Stokes, school games organiser for Chorley said: “We had a fantastic competition and all schools should be very proud of themselves.

“We saw a range of genres and styles of dance and all the children demonstrated great teamwork and performance skills. Dance is a brilliant way to keep fit – often you don’t even realise you are doing exercise because it is such great fun!

“Parklands High School dominated the score board and showed real initiative and creativity with their tribute to women’s rights. We can’t wait to see them represent Chorley in May’s county finals and wish them the best of luck.”

U14S (1st Parklands, 2nd Southlands, 3rd Parklands)

U16S (1st  & 2nd Parklands, 3rd St Michaels)