Ruther­glen pupils daz­zle with their own chore­og­ra­phy

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Dozens of young peo­ple from Ruther­glen put on a dance show to re­mem­ber re­cently as they took the lead in chore­og­ra­phy and or­gan­is­ing a flag­ship event.

Stu­dents from Trin­ity, Cathkin and Ruther­glen high schools showed they ‘ had come of age’ as they both helped or­gan­ise the South La­nark­shire Sec­ondary Dance Com­pe­ti­tion and de­vised rou­tines to per­form there.

A high­light in the Ac­tive Schools cal­en­dar, the com­pe­ti­tion at Hamil­ton Town House on Fe­bru­ary 24 saw 250 stu­dents per­form.

They took to the stage af­ter a num­ber of young peo­ple took part in a Y Dance level one dance lead­er­ship course which shows se­nior pupils how to lead and de­vise dance rou­tines. With Ac­tive Schools hand­ing over the reins, Cathkin High School choose to dance to a Step Up mash up, Trin­ity pupils to Adele’s Hello and Ruther­glen teens to Shut up and Dance.

In an­other first, young peo­ple from Ac­tive Schools’ new lead­er­ship academy took re­spon­si­bil­ity for pre­sent­ing the Sec­ondary Dance Com­pe­ti­tion.

The academy of­fers out of school op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop skills, such as pre­sen­ta­tion, ad­ver­tise­ment and event man­age­ment that can be used in both sports and other recre­ational set­tings.

Ac­tive Schools Co­or­di­na­tor Kate An­der­son said; ‘This event just keeps go­ing from strength to strength and it has been a joy to watch the dancers de­velop over the years and to see new tal­ent com­ing through.

‘ Giv­ing pupils con­trol over the chore­og­ra­phy has been a long term goal and it has had an im­pact on the per­for­mances with a lot of new ideas be­ing pre­sented on stage and themes com­ing through.’

‘ With our Ac­tive Schools Dance groups in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity it has led to in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion at ex­tracur­ric­u­lar clubs as well as in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties in dance lead­er­ship and are al­ways keen to wel­come new mem­bers who are in­ter­ested in any style of dance.

Gerry Camp­bell, gen­eral man­ager, of South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture, said: “The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion is like a cup fi­nal for the teams tak­ing part and they work hard on their prepa­ra­tion and train­ing, the high stan­dard of per­for­mance on the night was clearly re­flected by the en­thu­si­asm with which the sell­out crowd at Hamil­ton Town House greeted each act.”

At the com­pe­ti­tion Les­ma­hagow High School took the prize for best chore­og­ra­phy and had the best team per­for­mance in S4 to S6. Car­luke High School won best team per­for­mance in S1 to S3, while Larkhall Academy’s Gary Lind­say and Eve Hin­shel­wood took the best in­di­vid­ual awards.

Hello Trin­ity High School pupils dance to the pop­u­lar Adele song

Dance Ruther­glen High School pupils per­form to ‘Shut up and Dance’

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