Troupe from Coventry's Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School through to 'Great Big Dance Off' national final - The Coventry Observer

16th Aug, 2022

Troupe from Coventry's Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School through to 'Great Big Dance Off' national final

Tristan Harris 14th Mar, 2022 Updated: 14th Mar, 2022

CHILDREN from Coventry’s Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School have danced their way into the final of a national competition.

Pupils wowed the judges in the regional heats of this year’s Great Big Dance Off contest.

The dance troupe was one of just six selected to perform in the regional heats held at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre after judges whittled down video entries submitted by primary schools from across the region.

Sacred Heart’s dance troupe, which includes 26 children from years four, five and six, impressed the judges with their street dance routine and achieved first place.

The top three dance troupes from the regional heat will now perform in the national finals in Cheltenham in July and the children are tweaking their routine and perfecting their moves in preparation.

Sophie Newman, PE lead at Sacred Heart. part of the Romero Academy, said: “All of the children worked incredibly hard ahead of the competition, so it’s fantastic to see them achieve first place.

“The whole day was a real occasion and it was a privilege to even take part.

“The children were excited to have their own dressing room and it was wonderful for them to have the opportunity to dance on stage at a big theatre.

“It was also a nice opportunity for them to watch the secondary school regional finalists perform.

“The level of competition was extremely high, so all of the dancers should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.”

Sophie has been working alongside dance choreographer Jade Falconer from Elite Dance Academy in Coventry, to put the street dance routine together.

She added everyone was looking forward to the finals and had the whole school behind them, including potential new recruits joining the troupe in September.

“All of the girls love the dance sessions and as well as street dance, we’ll be exploring other dance styles including musical theatre and lyrical for the rest of the academic year.”

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