Pupils from Saint Paul’s enjoyed a visit from professional dancers from the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) who worked with a group of the school’s aspiring dancers.
The school was delighted to welcome the NYDC, as part of Nationwide Schools Programme, to school where the pupils were able to take part in a wonderful contemporary dance experience.
The NYDC aims to create and perform innovative and influential dance, bringing together some of the brightest dance talent from across England to work with Sadler’s Wells’ internationally renowned Associate Artists and visiting companies.
The dance company wants to work with young people from all areas of the country, from all dance backgrounds and experiences. The school workshops are designed to give participants an insight into life in the company through sharing company practices and repertoire from leading choreographers.
Mrs Kathryn Slater, Head of Performing Arts at Saint Paul’s, explained: “An absolutely amazing visit allowing pupils to explore a variety of dance genres! It was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to learn more about dance and to take part and experiment in a very supportive environment. The workshop leaders engaged well with the pupils who really enjoyed taking part in such a fun and very energetic workshop which provided a fantastic insight into the world of dance.”
Mr Mike Whiteside, Deputy Headteacher at Saint Paul’s, added: “This was a great experience for all the students, the session was incredibly energetic, upbeat and inspiring and challenged our pupils to try new things. Involvement in workshops like this provide a very valuable experience for our students, build confidence and enhance the learning curriculum.”
Thank you to the National Youth Dance Company for a fabulous visit!