Greek myths and legends inspired a dance project involving nearly 150 Year 5 students from a number of Andover’s schools. Created and delivered by Harrow Way’s dance department, the Primary Dance Showcase incorporated Medusa, The Trojan Horse, Icarus and the sun and after weeks of hard work and rehearsals the students put on a sell-out show at the school.
Harrow Way dance teacher Lyndsey Walker said: “This is the third year we’ve run the project which aims to promote dance to children at an early stage. We’ve worked very hard over the last eight 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!”
The Primary Dance Showcase was also an opportunity for Harrow Way’s Year 11 dance students to gain invaluable leadership experience. Working with Miss Walker, they assisted with the choreography, delivery of the workshops, helped teach the various components of the routines and assisted with the many rehearsals.
Dance is an increasingly popular subject at Harrow Way which can be studied at BTEC level. Unlike other schools, every Key Stage 3 student at Harrow Way has one timetabled lesson of dance per week as the school considers it important to start the dance education early so students are prepared for KS4.
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.
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.