Thursday 26th March saw children from 7 primary schools take part in the first ever ATSA KS1 Dance Festival at 180 Dance Club in Tyldesley.
Over 50 children from St. George's Central, Sacred Heart, St. Philip's, St. Stephen's, St. Ambrose Barlow, Atherton St. George's and Hindsford all arrived in a variety of costumes ready to dance to their chosen theme.
Over 100 supporters were present to cheer on the children as they first took part in a warm up dance organised by Mrs Donna Wyatt from 180 Dance. Next, each school then performed their dance to their chosen theme, using their own props and costumes, keen to impress the 3 judges (Joanne Horrocks, April Davies and Rachel Bone from 180 Dance).
Once all the scores were added up, the top 3 schools qualified for the final and performed again. St. Ambrose Barlow, St. George's Central and Sacred Heart danced in a battle for the top spot. After the scores from this second dance were collated, it was the team from St. Ambrose Barlow who were crowned KS1 Dance Champions, with second place going to Sacred Heart and St. George's Central taking third place.
I would like to thank Mrs Donna Wyatt (180 Dance), Miss E Jackson (180 Dance) and all the staff at the club for not only hosting the event, but for helping to organise it. Thanks should also go to the 3 judges (Joanne, April and Rachel from 180 Dance) who helped with the officiating of the dances. Without all this help the competition would not have been the success that it was.
A special mention should also be given to all the spectators who gave up their afternoon to come along and support this competition - they managed to create a superb atmosphere which helped to motivate the children to do their best for their team.
The picture shows the winning St. Ambrose Barlow team with their trophy and medals.
Mr M Grogan
Headteacher at St. George's Central
Lead teacher for Atherton and Tyldesley Sports Association (ATSA)