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Shivahami raises money for Cancer Research and Help for Heroes with Disney based show.

As part of Old Palace student Shivahami’s Gold Arts Award, which develops young people’s arts practice and leadership skills, she planned and delivered an arts project from start to finish. This included managing the final event, which included song and dance based on famous Disney films, to a public audience.

To gain the award she also had to demonstrate that she had learnt a new skill, in this case film and editing, and show how that influenced her existing arts practice in dance. So, incredibly, Shivahami not only produced her own show but also choreographed pieces that included film projection, using this to drive the narration of the performance.

Below, Shivahami gives her own take on the production:

As part of my Gold Arts Award I had the privilege of organising my very own dance production called ‘Once Upon a Time’ based on the theme of Disney.  The purpose of this production was to raise money for the charities Help for Heroes and Cancer Research. The evening was in memory of the Lee Rigby and the late Dr Gray, Chemistry Teacher at Old Palace who passed away earlier in 2014.

I decided that each section would represent a Disney Movie and would be of a different dance style. I picked ‘Lion King’, ‘Toy Story’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and ‘High School Musical’. To make the production stand out from the rest, I had clips from the films played before each section and chose to choreograph a routine using LED gloves (pictured).

After a year of planning, the day finally arrived. Everyone performed extremely well. Aladdin, Mary Poppins, High School Musical and the finale were the most popular and of course the staff dance was very entertaining! The evening was very successful and we raised around £600 in total!

Overall it was an amazing experience and I have met so many hardworking and passionate individuals, without them the show would not have been as exciting as it was.

You can find out more about the Arts Award at Old Palace and Trinity College here >

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