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Regional to National Finals - Archway's first Dance Squad!

This year saw Archway School start their first dance squad with the very talented Sara Spence.

The aim was with a Key Stage 3 Dance Squad (Years 7-9) to compete at festivals or to qualify for The Great Big Dance Off, which is a popular national dance competition open to all schools across England & Wales.

     Once Sara had choreographed and put the girls through their paces, a video audition was sent off to The Great Big Dance Off.  We were pleased to accept a place at the Regional Competition held at The  Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, where 20 KS3 teams competed within the South Region of England. There were seven regions with the top three going through to the National Final.

     At the Regional heat, in a very packed theatre, the Archway Squad were nervous and unsure of what was going to happen .  However, the girls went out and performed to their best, which earned them 2nd place - just 3 points behind the overall winners of our heat. The girls were over the moon to make the National Final and represent the South of England.  After receiving some great comments and feedback from the judges, The Archway Dance Squad were straight back to rehearsals.

     25th June at Cheltenham Town Hall was the venue for the National Finals with over 45 schools competing for KS3, and KS4/5. It was a busy day for Sara with both Archway and Stroud High School qualifying from the South and South West of England - a great achievement for little Stroud! With a sprained ankle and broken leg for two of the key dancers, Archway prepared themselves physically and mentally as much as they could. Rehearsals went well and preparation of hair, make-up and costume went smoothly with the help of parents.  It was a very long wait for the girls to perform, arriving at 11am and not performing until 7pm, but when they did finally get on the stage they smashed it!  Everything went to plan and their timing was spot on. The girls did not place in the top 10 but did themselves, the school and Sara  proud, and what an amazing experience they gained from performing on those stages in front of hundreds of people.

   Well done girls and let’s go again for next year!