School dances for Di­wali

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A BOL­LY­WOOD style dance day was used to in­tro­duce pri­mary school pupils in Earl Shilton to the Hindu fes­ti­val of Di­wali.

Young­sters at Town­lands CE Pri­mary Academy en­joyed a day of In­dian danc­ing led by Kalpesh Zalavadiya of K’Z Dance En­ter­tain­ment in which they learned a rou­tine to per­form to their par­ents at home-time.

All 297 pupils plus staff from re­cep­tion class to Year 6 took part, with older pupils, from Years four to six also learn­ing a tra­di­tional Hindu stick dance that is of­ten danced in cel­e­bra­tion of Di­wali, the au­tumn fes­ti­val of lights.

Head­teacher Marie Ward said the en­er­getic dance work­shop proved great fun and that pupils en­joyed per­form­ing their rou­tine so much that they gave an en­core, with par­ents in­vited to join in.

She said: “This won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence helped en­rich their knowl­edge of In­dian danc­ing and their un­der­stand­ing of Di­wali, the Hindu fes­ti­val of lights.”

Pupils at Town­lands CE Pri­mary Academy in Earl Shilton learned a tra­di­tional Hindu stick dance as­so­ci­ated with the fes­ti­val of Di­wali, at an In­dian dance day held at the school

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