Pupils SPARkle in Tower Ballroom Tokyo Extravaganza


Primary schools from across Wyre and Fylde lit up Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom on Monday 10th February for the 2020 SPAR Lancashire School Games regional dance final.

14 primary schools and 4 high schools from West Lancashire took to the stage to explore the culture of Japanese dance, linking with 2020 Olympic host city, Tokyo.

Judging Panel Dance Final WF

800 proud parents, teachers and friends filled the ballroom with an expert judging panel of Liz Hames (Starmaker Management), Sara Ordonez (Actress and Dancer) and Zanna Dennis (Blue Moose Dance Company).

Lee Cadwallader, Lancashire School Games Organiser for Wyre and Fylde said: “The judging panel were blown away, not only by the children’s dance routines but also by their fantastic costumes, paying homage to traditional Japanese dress. It was a fabulous evening, celebrating the very best of creativity, teamwork and dedication, and a celebration of Japanese culture.”

Poulton St Johns Catholic Primary School

Poulton St John’s Catholic Primary School were crowned winners of the primary category with their tribute to the computer game ‘Super Mario’, and Hodgson Academy won the secondary event with their blend of Japanese tradition and modern technology, also exploring themes around sustainability.

Hodgson Academy Secondary Winners WF

Heyhouses Primary School were the highest scoring Fylde primary school so all three schools will now go forward to represent their district at the SPAR Lancashire School Games county dance finals, held in May at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

Lee added: “Big thank you to all schools involved and to the Starmaker Performing Arts Academy who entertained us with an amazing performance. Best of luck to all three schools who will be proudly representing Wyre and Fylde in May!”