281 primary school pupils from Rossendale took centre stage at Burnley Mechanics’ theatre for the 2020 SPAR Lancashire School Games regional dance final.
Competing for the chance to represent Rossendale at the 2020 SPAR Lancashire School Games’ county dance final, 12 primary schools performed in front of an expert judging panel and a sold out audience of 400 spectators.
Nathan Bibby, Lancashire School Games Organiser for Rossendale said: “Schools were tasked with the challenge of exploring Tokyo’s heritage, taking the audience on an adventure of Japanese culture and building excitement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“It was brilliant to see so many pupils taking part and showing off their amazing dance skills, for some of them it will have been the first time representing their school and what an experience it was!”
Thorn Primary School in Bacup were crowned Rossendale’s winners and will now go forward to the county finals, held at Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens on 5th May 2020.
Nadya Carter, PE Coordinator at Thorn Primary School said: “It was amazing to be able to perform on a professional stage and in front of a sell-out audience.
“The talent from all schools was incredible and we didn’t imagine for even a second that we might win. The children were so excited when our name was announced and we cannot wait to represent Rossendale in Blackpool!”
St Peter’s R.C. Primary School were awarded second place, Haslingden Primary School third and St Mary’s R.C. Primary School (Haslingden) fourth.
Other schools taking part included Helmshore Primary School; St Mary’s R.C. Primary School (Bacup); Water Primary School; Stubbins Primary School; Our Lady and St Anselm’s R.C. Primary School; Edenfield C of E Primary School; Bacup Holy Trinity Stacksteads C of E Primary School and Balladen Community Primary School.
Nathan Bibby added: “Last year was the first time we had held the dance competition at a professional theatre and I didn’t think the standard could get any better. However, this year every school really did up their game and it was such a tough decision for the judges to make.”
“The creativity, dedication and patience it takes for school staff to get their pupils to reach such high standards is absolutely incredible, congratulations to all involved and thank you to local dance teacher, Lauren Bateman, who helped me organise the event, alongside four outstanding Sports Leaders from The Valley Leadership Academy.”
The SPAR Lancashire School Games county dance finals will be held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on the 5th May 2020.