Written by Stephanie Vezmar (Level Two TRS Teacher)
When I try to remember my year 6 leavers’ assembly (it’s fair to say that the memory does feel distant and hazy!) I certainly don’t remember dancing. There may have been a small song or two, lots of speaking and shaking of hands… most prominently I remember being handed a dictionary! So when I was offered the opportunity to choreograph some dance numbers for Singlewell Primary School’s Year 6 leavers’ assembly I, of course, jumped at the chance. The Year 6 at Singlewell were about to start rehearsing for The Jungle Book. The show had been cast, script edited and now all they needed were some dance routines.
I was instantly impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm of all students in the year 6 class. On my first visit I told them of my plans for their choreography, what I expected of them in rehearsals, and how, in just 3 hours per group they were going to have learnt and rehearsed a dance number ready to perform to the rest of the school, teachers and parents. There were no concerns, no fear…the year 6 were raring to go!
As always, with any forthcoming performances, I will always ask my students to rehearse and practice. It soon became clear, as each group returned to me they had been working very hard and rehearsing without me (in turn making me a very happy dance teacher!) With all that practice and precision of the routines under their belt, we were able to set the routines on the stage. It always exciting the first time things start coming together, as we were setting the spacing on the stage, Mr.Harrison, with the help if other students, we’re starting to set the back drop and scenery.
In no time, the 6 weeks has flown by and today I sat at the back of the school hall waiting for the performance. The scenery looked great, the costumes were fantastic (animal onesies were popular!) and the acting was very impressive. I was placed in position so that the students could see me, and should they have needed to, they could copy me for their dance routines. As they had demonstrated in that very first rehearsal, there was no fear…their dance routines were fantastic! Brilliantly rehearsed, humorously characterised and clean choreography. Once again, a very happy Dance Teacher!
The magic of theatre and dance certainly brought this year 6 leavers assembly alive and ensured everybody left the school hall wearing a smile. I have been most impressed with the students professionalism and willingness to try (and accomplish!) everything I challenged them with. But overall, and most importantly, I was humbled by their complete enjoyment throughout the whole process. I wish the year 6 at Singlewell a very bright future at their new secondary schools.
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What does the school think?
Mr Harrison, the School’s Sports Co-ordinator send an email to thank us for our work over the year. He also gave us this testimonial…
“With the sports funding directed towards primary schools I felt that an area that we could improve on would be dance. It is a very popular form of sport within our school and we have managed to get every child participating from Reception through to Year 6 with a variety of taster sessions as well as after school clubs.
Our school headteacher and I have been very impressed with the Right Step Dance Company and as such have secured their services for 2014/15.
Mainly focusing on Street Dance this year, we have also had Bollywood and Interpretative Dance. Next year we will try a few more dance forms.
We would like to thank Rebecca, Natalie, Georgia and Stephanie for all their hard work and the school are now looking forward to seeing the choreographed dance routines for this year’s School Production of the Jungle Book. ”
Mr D Harrison, PE Coordinator at Singlewell Primary School, Gravesend, June 2014