Children’s dance show fills theatre


A SELLOUT crowd filled Worthing’s Pavillion Theatre to watch a school production in which pupils performed dance routines based on what they were learning in class.

Year-one pupils from Sompting Village Primary School in White Styles Road performed a dance based on an English country garden, while year-two children did a dance about the North Pole.

Year three’s dance was based on the Nile and the Egyptians, year four’s was about space and year five did a performance based on Nelson Mandela’s fight for freedom.

Pupils in year six performed a dance based on a Hans Christian Andersen’s The Bell.

Volunteer Claire Clements, of Lancing Close, Lancing, whose daughter used to go to the school, spent months organising the event.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” she said.

“The children did fantastically well, the dances were absolutely brilliant.

“It was everything we hoped it would be.”

Claire said she was worried that having done a similar show before, the parents would know what to expect this time, and the show would lose its impact.

“I was worried we wouldn’t capture the same feeling as the last time, which was an absolute hit, but it was just as good, if not better,” she said.

“The dancers really raised their game and the costumes were brilliant.”

Year-six pupils spent the day at the theatre, working on props, costumes and lighting, and in the front-of-house.

“The idea behind it was that some children really struggle academically, and to give them the opportunity to dance in a proper theatre on a proper stage.

“They get such a sense of achievement out of it.”

Estate agent Bacon and Co and ironmongers Gardner & Scardifield funded the event.

“It was hugely expensive,” said Claire. “We hired the venue for the night and bussed in each year group all through the day for rehearsals.”

All the teachers were responsible for their classes’ dances, with the help of former parent Rachael Champion, who choreographed the routines.

“The teachers were brilliant to do it,” said Claire.

“It’s very daunting with 800-odd people in the audience.

“To actually go ahead and do that in front of so many people was an achievement.”