Pupils STOMP and shout
A LIVELY workshop put on by an internationally famous dance group has stomped on the old saying that children should be seen and not heard.
Two members of Stomp, the dancers who have crashed bin lids and steel pipes together on the West End since 1991, spent yesetrday giving a music crash-course to pupils at Nene Valley Primary School.
Fresh from performing on the pitch before last month’s Wembley FA Cup final, cast members Nass Jackson (47) and Paul Gunter (44) taught them how to turn everyday household objects into percussion instruments.
Nass said: “The children had a great time - we get them playing for real and it is something very different to what they usually do in class.
“I didn’t even start playing music until I was 21 because I always thought music could only be with things like guitars and pianos. But there is music all around you all the time, and you don’t need instruments to play music.
“Rhythm is all around us and we are trying to teach the children how to make that music come alive.
“Even when I first learnt to play music I was completely self-taught, so it is great to be able to be able to teach the kids how to play.”
Nass and Paul both became involved in Stomp i n 1995, and have danced on London’s West End as well as TV appearances on Blue Peter and the MTV Music Awards.
The workshops were divided into 45-minute sessions for the Key Stage One pupils and hour-long classes for Key Stage Two children.
Harley Taylor (5) said that he had been so inspired by Stomp that he plans to ask his mum to sign him up for music lessons outside of school.
He said: “It was really good and I am surprised how I could make music with some of the things.
“My favourite instrument was the big blue drum because it made a loud noise. I want to carry on playing and will ask my mum if I can have lessons.”
The event was organised by the school’s Year 2 teacher Jen Burch. about different forms of art as part of our ‘around the world in 80 days’ project.
“Although Stomp is really from London it has travelled all over the world. I watched Stomp down in London a few years ago but the performance stuck with me, so I looked on their website and was happy to see they do workshops in schools. “The pupils were very excited when we told them about it and they really enjoyed the workshops. “I think it teaches them to be creative but also the importance of recycling, which is something we are trying to teach them.”
Ms Burch said: “We are trying to teach the chil
ENERGY: Nene Valley pupils are taught some Stomp
moves by cast members Nass Jackson and Paul Gunter.
NATASHA MAKING MUSIC: Natasha Moroz and Elli Clifford practice their beats,