Shackleton Primary School students dance their way to success

Dance group students from Shackleton Primary School display their medals
Members of the Shackleton Primary School Dance Group (image: VyMy Dance & Fitness)

Pupils from Shackleton Primary School had a taste of success after competing in their first dance competition this month.

The two groups of Key Stage 2 students achieved joint third and joint second in the Be Active Beds competition which took place at Kings House on Ampthill Road on Friday, 24 March.

The event is part of a national network of Active Partnerships across the UK, and aims to provide access to physical activities throughout Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton.

The Shackleton Primary Dance Program, led by local community dance company VyMy Dance & Fitness, entered two groups into this competition: the after-school Street Dance club and the Key Stage 2 Dance Team.

VyMy Dance & Fitness director Nisha Vyas-Myall led both groups in their competition entry. Having been given the theme ‘Eco-Saving Planet Earth’, all children were asked to talk about what environmental issues mean the most to them.

The Dance Team created a dance around littering and Street Dance explored the topic of Deforestation. Working collaboratively with their teacher, the children created original pieces of dance over the course of five weeks, culminating in their participation in the competition.

Shackleton Primary School street dancers proudly show off their competition medals
Shackleton Primary School street dancers proudly show off their competition medals (image: VyMy Dance & Fitness)

The judges were very impressed with the content of their dances and the amount of energy they put into their performances, earning both groups their first-ever dance medals.

“This is the first competition I have been able to enter children into since before the pandemic hit, and the Dance Team especially have been looking forward to showing what they can do,” said their teacher, Nisha.

“Their hard work and focus really paid off when they performed their dances in front of so many other talented young people. We even had teachers from other schools come over to compliment us.”

The Shackleton Dance Team will enjoy a well-earned break before taking their dance to their next competition in Milton Keynes this April. In the meantime, they will be wearing their medals with pride.

VyMy Dance & Fitness has been providing dance programs to primary and secondary schools across Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire since 2015. Their dancers have had performance opportunities across their local area and placed fourth in the UDoIt National Schools Southern Qualifier in 2020.

They will also be performing their first original show, Dimensions, in BedFringe this year.

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