Famous and well-loved books provided inspiration for a dance project involving nearly 150 Year 5 students from a number of Andover’s schools.
The Primary Dance Showcase incorporated the wizardry world of Harry Potter through to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate factory, on to the adventures of Percy Jackson, Alex Rider and Iron Man.
Created and delivered by Harrow Way’s dance department, the results of nine weeks work culminated recently in a sell-out show at the school.
Harrow Way dance teacher Lyndsey Walker said: “This is the second year we’ve run this project which aims to promote dance to children at an early stage. We’ve worked very hard over the last nine weeks with students from Anton and Portway Juniors collectively choreographing the dances which incorporate various genres from street dance to contemporary.”
“The benefits of dance are far reaching from the obvious health and well-being to increasing self-confidence. Hopefully, in some, we’ve also started a love for dance too!”
Dance is an increasingly popular subject at Harrow Way which can be studied at BTEC level. This year the department celebrated their best ever results with 68% of students achieving Distinction – Distinction*. Students are encouraged to perform and choreograph their own dances as well explore different movements and dance cultures. During a student’s time in Key Stage 4 dance they will have over 10 opportunities to perform to a live audience.
Harrow Way also holds the prestigious Artsmark Gold status which is awarded by Arts Council England in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.