Boris and all that jazz hands
MP Boris Johnson MP swapped parliamentary debates for dance moves when he visited Stagecoach Performing Arts Uxbridge last week to see children develop their talents in singing, dancing, and acting.
Accompanied by councillor Keith Burrows, the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip was introduced to the school’s curriculum for the year, including preparations for the much-loved musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Junior.
The Uxbridge school is collaborating with other Stagecoach Performing Arts schools throughout the UK and globally in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous performance of one show.
Mr Johnson also met students aged between four and six and was delighted to be awarded “Star of the Week” for his participation. As part of an acting lesson, he then practiced various “Jazz hand” motions with students and joked about re-enacting the performance at Prime Minister’s Questions the coming week.
Stagecoach Uxbridge Principal, Principal Rebecca Odedra, said: “I’m delighted Boris Johnson took the time out of his busy schedule to spend an evening with our students. It’s the support and encouragement the next generation of young performing arts students needs to ignite confidence and Creative Courage for Life.”
The MP said, “I really enjoyed my visit to Stagecoach Performing Arts Uxbridge. It was a wonderful end to the week spending time with such talented, budding young performers.”