Talented Newport pupils dance at festival
6:30pm Monday 11th February 2013 in News
SPARKLING ROUTINE: Newport Schools Dance Festival, organised by Hannah Cooke and Luke Mansfield, both teachers at St Julian’s Primary School on behalf of Newport City Council
MORE than 600 primary-school children from across Newport took part in this year’s Newport Dance Festival.
It was set up 16 years ago, and this year’s festival was run by St Julian’s Primary School, with the young dancers taking to the Dolman Theatre’s stage across five days last week.
Dancers from Clytha Primary, Maesglas Primary, Malpas Park Primary, Gaer Junior, High Cross Primary, Millbrook Primary, Pentrepoeth Primary and Glasllwch Primary were joined by children from Marshfield Primary, St Julian’s Primary, Somerton Primary, Langstone Primary, Brynglas Primary, Milton Infants, Eveswell Primary, St Andrew’s Primary, Mount Pleasant Primary, Pillgwenlly Primary and Glan Usk Primary for the performances.
The children tackled a host of dances across a range of styles including ballet, street dance, tap, hip-hop, cheerleading and Bollywood.
One of the highlights of the shows, which were performed for parents in the evening from Tuesday through to Friday, was Maes Ebbw Special School’s fantastic routine to the theme tune to the hit Tom Cruise film Mission Impossible.
The shows also raised more than £400 for charity after generous donations to the raffle.
The money will now go to Ty Hafan children’s hospice in Sully in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Luke Mansfield said: “Every night was a huge success and we are grateful to all the pupils and teachers, and to the Dolman for hosting us.”