Pupils from Tayview Pri­mary School re­hears­ing for the vi­brant open­ing cer­e­mony of V&A Dundee which will take place on Fri­day. Pic­ture: Mhairi Ed­wards.

Stu­dents and school pupils to per­form at fes­ti­val

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - NA­DIA VIDINOVA nvidi­nova@the­courier.co.uk

Hun­dreds of young dancers will bring a stomp­ing start to the open­ing of the V&A on Fri­day with a dis­play cel­e­brat­ing the city’s his­tory and fu­ture.

Pupils from 15 pri­mary and sec­ondary schools will per­form along­side a cast of nine pro­fes­sional con­tem­po­rary dancers and three guest dancers from Scot­tish Bal­let.

They will show off their moves on the main stage in Slessor Gar­dens dur­ing the 3D Fes­ti­val, in front of an ex­pected au­di­ence of 10,000 peo­ple who are set to at­tend the event.

The dancers gath­ered at Dundee Univer­sity’s play­ing fields yes­ter­day to re­hearse for the show.

Thomas Small, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Dundee dance com­pany Shaper Ca­per, who is chore­ograph­ing the event, said: “The performance we are do­ing is based on Dundee’s his­tory, such as the three Js (jute, jam and jour­nal­ism).

“It is also based on the city’s fu­ture. We’ve been work­ing with schools so that the chil­dren can tell us what they think the fu­ture will hold. We’ve had ev­ery­thing from fly­ing cars to the pos­si­bil­ity of the V&A’s size be­ing tripled.

“The dance moves are based on some of those things. We are so ex­cited for Fri­day – I’ve wanted to do some­thing like this my whole ca­reer and it’s a once-in-al­ife­time op­por­tu­nity for the young­sters.”

Dancers range from pro­fes­sion­als, to those study­ing dance at school and at Dundee and An­gus Col­lege, to chil­dren who are try­ing out dance for the first time.

The project is also giv­ing chil­dren with ad­di­tional needs the chance to ex­press their cre­ative side.

The 3D Fes­ti­val will take place on Fri­day and Satur­day, fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by Pri­mal Scream and Be Char­lotte.

Dancer Andie-Mae Now­ell, 15, from St John’s RC High School, said: “I’m re­ally ex­cited. It’s go­ing to be great.”

Les­ley Har­ris, PE and dance teacher at St Paul’s RC Academy, said: “This has been a great chance to de­velop com­mu­nity spirit within the school and with other schools.

“We’ve got dancers from first right through to fifth year and they’ve all worked so hard, in­clud­ing in their own time, to per­fect their performance. We’re all so ex­cited to be part of this.”

It is based on Dundee’s his­tory and the city’s fu­ture, it’s a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity

Pic­tures: Mhairi Ed­wards.

Chil­dren tak­ing part in the performance in­clude, clockwise from top left, Alexis Sk­aggs from Tayview Pri­mary School and pupils from St Paul’s Academy.

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