Day of celebration and dance for schoolchildren
HUNDREDS of pupils from 55 Derby schools took part in a day of dance at the Assembly Rooms yesterday.
Youngsters of all ages, from four to 18, were part of the annual Celebration of Dance, organised by Derby City School Sport Partnership.
Partnership development manager Will Evans said: "More than 1,000 pupils took part in three sessions across the day.
"There were up to 20 schools in each session, which started in the morning and concluded at 6pm.
"Dance styles included street dance, ballet, bhangra and contemporary.
"Each session included a full range of ages and dance styles, with all performances aiming to demonstrate this year's theme, which was celebration.
"This is one of the biggest events of its kind in the country and is in its 10th year.
"Each year we are incredibly proud of the quality of the performances that schools put together.
"They demonstrate the talent that is in schools in Derby, among both teachers and pupils."
The idea of the celebration theme was born out of last year's successful sporting and cultural events surrounding both the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee.
Mr Evans said: "As a nation, we have shown we can celebrate success very well.
"The Celebration of Dance provides a means for young people in Derby to find inspiration through dance and to continue that celebration of success within the city.
"Last year, we used the Olympics and Paralympics as a theme for the schools to base their dances around. So it was natural to build on that Olympic legacy this year."
Derby City School Sport Partnership works closely with schools to develop opportunities in PE and sport for young people in Derby.
Mr Evans said: "Our vision is to use the power of PE and School Sport to enrich the lives of young people in Derby. Dance is one way in which we can do this."