Melbourne pupils step up and shine at dance festival

The Melbourne Primary School pupils that took part in the Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival.
The Melbourne Primary School pupils that took part in the Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival.

Melbourne Primary School pupils recently took part in the Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival.

The year 4 and 5 pupils did the school proud, supported by Leahna Welch, Melbourne’s PE teacher and choreographer.

The theme was ‘Changes’ and Miss Welch choreographed a piece entitled ‘Dancing through the decades like there’s nobody watching you!’

The routine ranged from the jive of the 1940s to current day R’n’B and hip hop moves and the noughties.

A school spokesman said: “The children did themselves, their parents and the school proud.

“As a school, we are committed to offering our children lots of opportunities and providing challenges.

“The dance festival was exceptional. The children rose to the challenge and fed off of their nerves and adrenalin.

“They didn’t just perform it – they attacked it with huge smiles on their faces!

“One parent said her son was always so quiet and lacking in confidence before he signed up to the rehearsals.

“Now she can’t stop him wanting to do lots of other sports. It’s like he has started to believe in himself.

“One of our girls was stood up dancing in the aisles when the other schools were performing – there was that much of a buzz about it!

“Our thanks go to Miss Welch! Super cool! Also, a huge thanks to Mr Richardson for co-ordinating the technology with the video and soundtrack, both perfectly synchronised with the amazing routine.”