More than 170 talented young performers aged from seven to eighteen years old took to the stage at Beacon Academy for an inspirational evening of dance.
Now in its fourth year, the annual Spring Dance Festival is a celebration of the Academy’s strengthening relationship with local primary schools, presenting children from the surrounding area with the chance to perform on the Academy’s newly renovated stage complete with professional lighting rig and sound system.
This year, Beacon Academy was delighted to be collaborating with Sir Henry Fermor CE Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Frant CE Primary School and Grove Park School.
Mrs Jeffs, teacher at Sir Henry Fermor CE Primary School thanked Head of Performing Arts at Beacon Academy, Mrs Thomas for the work and organisation that went into the production:
It was an absolute privilege to be part of such an enjoyable community event which will inspire and motivate all the pupils involved from my Year 3s upwards. We were very well looked after and we look forward to being involved next year.
Beacon students and the Beacon Dance Companies, presenting dances either choreographed for regional and national competitions, or as part of examination courses or at professional choreography days or by students at the school’s new early morning “Open Studio” sessions.
The show was hosted by Year 12 Beacon Sixth Form student Jack Holcombe, and refreshments were provided by a team of Sixth Form students in return for donations to the ongoing Sixth Form Gambia fundraising campaign. Thanks to visitors’ generous donations, over £200 was raised, enough to feed all the children at a Gambian primary school for the next six months.
Mrs Thomas praised all of the performers:
Our Spring Dance Festival is an opportunity for young people to develop creative and artistic integrity which is closely linked to school achievement in other subject areas and promotes higher order thinking and problem solving skills. Additionally, it is great to see how young people develop their confidence and resilience by participating in this kind of event. Our students have worked incredibly hard to prepare for this event, and their dedication and enjoyment really was a joy to behold. Well done to everybody who took part.
As well as performing many Beacon Academy students enjoy working behind the scenes to support the technical side of the production, including operating the lighting and managing the set and prop design.
The event was well supported by families and supporting staff and students from across the different schools, and by a number of local community leaders. Mayor of Crowborough, Cllr Peter Ellefsen, praised the “excellent” standard of performance and presentation:
It was an absolute pleasure, and so uplifting to see the energy and commitment of the dancers and their utter joy at the end of each of the pieces. My only regret was that I had to leave before the end in order to attend another engagement.
Beacon Academy Trustee, Gwen Young added:
The dance festival was excellent. The high standard of expertise and choreography was testament to the hard work and dedication of students and staff. Well done everyone.
Beacon Academy would welcome enquiries from other schools wishing to take part next year, for further information please email Mrs Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.