On Monday 13th March the Tonbridge Grammar School Dance Companies took part in The Great Big Dance Off, a Regional competition in Folkestone. All four companies performed beautifully, and their hard work over the past few months really showed.
The Great Big Dance Off is a popular national dance competition open to schools all across England & Wales. It is the ONLY national dance competition aimed SOLELY at schools. Their vision is to create an exciting competition bringing together children of all ages and abilities where the emphasis is on having a good time.
In the auditorium of Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone our first performers were our Junior company, who performed a piece looking at trust and unity to an instrumental version of the song Halo. Next up the Senior dance company, who looked at self-confidence and loving yourself with a commercial jazz style performance to Me too by Meghan Trainor. Thirdly we had our Junior Advanced company who looked at bridging the class gap and how the next generation should be pro-active in doing this. Our final performance came from our Advance Senior squad, who presented an abstract contemporary insight into the issues faced by the rising addiction to technology – particularly mobile phones!
The judges were looking for the overall delivery of good dance skills, including fluency, control, and co-ordination, use of levels, spatial awareness, rhythm and demonstration of ideas.
All four groups were fantastic, and performed faultlessly. We are extremely proud of how well they competed, but also how they supported the other schools during their performances. When asked about the experience Olivia, who is part of the Senior Dance Company, said; “It was a great event, the atmosphere was really upbeat. All of the dances were brilliant, and I’m really glad we got to represent the school in the competition.”
A massive congratulations to all of the groups and especially to our Advanced Senior group, who came second in their age category and are through to the National Finals that will take place in July this year.
Well done to all students involved. Many thanks to parents for their support and a special thanks must go to our brilliant student choreographers.
Miss Patman and Miss Redding