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St Mary's Primary. Photos: Robert Longford Photography

L-R Michelle Davis with judges Dominic Pope, Emma Wharton and Joe Alabaster

This week over 330 children from 11 Isle of Wight primary schools took part in Isle Dance – a local dance competition for primary school pupils.

The competition was 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.

On both nights the children performed in front of a sold-out audience at Medina Theatre. A panel of professional actors and dancers judged the choreography, performance skill, drama, concept, costume, hair and make-up and soundtrack for each performance.

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On Monday the worthy winners were Carisbrooke CE Primary School with their dance ‘Night at the Museum’.  The judges really loved the concept behind the dance, the variety of dance styles and their use of musicality.

Carisbrooke Primary. Photo: Robert Longford Photography

Katherine Marshall, Executive Headteacher of Carisbrooke CE and Newport CE Primary Schools, said:

“Isle Dance 2019 was a superb creative experience for each and every child who took part. It was such a joyful event which gave every child, not only a performing arts experience, but also a real confidence boost. A fantastic event which gave the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent in the children and schools across the Island.”

The winners on the second night were Gurnard Primary School with their performance ‘The Magic Lamp’. The judges said it was “a bright and thrilling performance with fabulous choreography, very good characterisation and great energy from the whole cast throughout”.

Gurnard Primary. Photo: Robert Longford Photography

Teacher Charlotte Rand said:

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“All of the children had an amazing day. It was fantastic to work with all the other schools – there was a really friendly atmosphere and they were all so supportive of each other.  The children have worked really hard on their performance and were over the moon to win.”

The runners up were Arreton St George’s CE Primary School with their moving performance based on the First World War ‘Lest us not forget’.

Arreton Primary. Photo: Robert Longford Photography

One of the organisers Vanessa Hicks, Headteacher of Gurnard Primary School, said:

“It was fantastic to see so much talent from Island schools on one stage – they made their families and schools very proud.  The standard of performance from all of the children taking part really was exceptional. It was a wonderful experience and we’re already looking forward to next year’s competition!”

Participating schools included Newport CE Primary School, Carisbrooke CE Primary School, Arreton St George’s CE Primary School, Barton Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Nine Acres Primary School, 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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