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Over 300 Isle of Wight school children are set to take part in a local dance competition for primary school pupils next week.

The event has been jointly organised by Gurnard Primary School and The Starlight Boutique to provide an opportunity for Island pupils to showcase their talents on a professional stage in front of a large audience.

Following the huge success of last year’s event, 2019 has been extended to 2 days this year to include 11 schools and 330 performers. The competition will be taking place at Medina Theatre, Newport.

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Each school’s performance will be based on a theme of their choice be it re-telling traditional stories, exploring serious issues or creating stories of their own. The performances will be judged by an independent panel of professional dancers who will select an overall winner as well as giving additional awards for choreography, performance skill, drama, concept, costume, hair and make-up and soundtrack.

Organiser Vanessa Hicks, Headteacher of Gurnard Primary School, said:

“This has been a phenomenal experience for all of the children taking part and a unique opportunity to celebrate their talent and future potential.

“The children, teachers and parents have worked incredibly hard together to prepare and rehearse their performances. It has been fantastic to see the children growing in confidence as their performance skills develop. It certainly promises to be a night of both entertainment and inspiration!”

Participating schools include:

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Monday 11th February 2019
Newport CE Primary School; Carisbrooke CE Primary School; Arreton St George’s CE Primary School; Barton Primary School; St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Nine Acres Primary School

Tuesday 12th February 2019
St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School; Dover Park Primary School; Greenmount Primary School; Broadlea Primary School; Oakfield CE Primary School and Gurnard Primary School

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