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School's annual 'DecaDance' celebration proves a hit with students and parents.

An eclectic mix of dance styles and costumes were on show as Old Palace students took part in ‘DecaDance’, the school’s annual celebration of dance last week (12th and 13th March).

From Contemporary to Hip-hop and Indian Dance, the show celebrated the Year 6 to 13 students’ talent in a wide range of dance styles to packed out audiences on both nights.

More than 100 students took part where the majority of the 25 dances were created during extra-curricular clubs, with the remainder created by students for GCSE, A Level and Arts Award Dance projects and examinations.

Sololist Sarah Ben Edeh, performed a dance using African, Street Dance and Hip-Hop styles to convey a strong message; a voice for feminism and pride in black women, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The Year 7 Dance Club performed ‘Crosstown Traffic’ to a Jimi Hendrix classic using fun and quirky characters including fashionistas, girlie girls, hippies and business people. 

Emotional performances were inspired by those effected by 9/11, Sylvia Plath’s poem You’re, and feelings of betrayal within a relationship, whilst more up-beat performances featured Willy Wonka’s ‘Umpa Lumpas’ and La Traviata’s famous ‘drinking’ song.

Old Palace has a strong commitment to dance and was one of the first schools to be awarded Arts Award Good Practice Centre status by Trinity College London in the last academic year.

The work was both student and teacher led, communicating the clear ethos held within the dance department, with a very strong commitment to Arts Award as a way to develop leadership through dance. Sixth Form students also managed the technical and ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of the show.

Ms Lunghi, Head of Dance and Creative Movement, Old Palace School, said: “The standard of the dancing grows every year and it was truly astounding to see the sheer energy and enthusiasm by the students, whose performances were slick and professional.

“Dance at Old Palace is about achievement but it also provides a sense of community within the school – different age groups working together, with diverse styles and dancers.  The sense of pride among the cast was outstanding this year!”

Parents also highly praised the students:

Year 9 parent: “The show was wonderful, it has given my daughter so much confidence.” 
Year 7 parent: “It is wonderful to see so many different abilities on stage.” 
Year 10 parent: “The range of choreography and dance styles was superb!” 


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