Since January some of the upper school students have been perfecting a dance routine in the hope of performing in Sadler’s Wells in July. It’s been great to see such a variety of students with girls and boys all coming together in a celebration of dance. It’s the third year we’ve taken part in the Step Live event at Sadler’s Wells and each year we compete in auditions against mainstream and SEN schools from all the London and Essex boroughs to win the right to perform in the July showcase. For two years running we have successfully made it through to the Step Live Extravaganza which is run by Step Into Dance who are a partnership between the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Royal Academy of Dance and is the UK’s largest fully inclusive secondary school dance programme.
This year we have made it through the first stage of qualifying and are hoping to perform for the third year running at the event in July though competition will be stiff with over 300 schools competing with 16 performing on the day
Natasha, the Swiss cottage dance teacher and organiser said: ‘It’s great to see their progress over the year. The performers have improved year on year and I’m delighted not just in seeing them develop as dancers but seeing them grow in confidence and self-belief. It’s also massively important for this to continue into the future and for parents and carers to see their young people performing with dancers of all abilities in such a prestigious venue.’
Nina, the Step into Dance teacher said: ‘Working with Swiss cottage is the highlight of my teaching experience. The dancers are so creative, hardworking and professional and we have created a really strong bond.’
Carl, one of the Swiss cottage pupils said: ‘I find it lots of fun and very competitive. It’s hard work sometimes but I do it to get better at dance. We’ll definitely get through to the final.’