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Primary schools dance showcase

Published Thursday, 06 April 2017

some of the pupils at the annual Hamilton Primary Schools Dance Showcase at the Town House

The annual Hamilton Primary Schools Dance Showcase was a sell out when it hit the stage at the Town House.

There wasn’t a seat to be had in the auditorium as youngsters from 15 local schools danced their hearts out to entertain proud families, classmates, teachers and instructors.

The annual event was staged by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s (SLLC) Active Schools team and showcased the talents of more than 340 pupils across a range of dance styles including street, hip hop, modern and cheerleading.

Coached by their teachers and dance instructors, the pupils have been working hard throughout the year and took to the stage to demonstrate their dancing skills with enthusiasm and a wide variety of routines.

Gerry Campbell, General Manager, SLLC, said: “Dance is a really popular extra-curricular activity that is supported well by schools. That is why being able to offer this platform to showcase and celebrate dance is very worthwhile. The schools took to the stage with such energy and enthusiasm and there was a real sense of encouragement from every school taking part. The atmosphere on the night was electric and every pupil got the chance to shine.”

Taking care of presenting duties on the night were four pupils from local secondary schools: Heather Kennedy of Hamilton Grammar; Chloe and Amy Glen of Calderside Academy and Roisin McGuire of Holy Cross.

The packed audience was also treated to a guest performance from St John Ogilvie High School’s S1-3 performers who won all but one of the categories at February’s Secondary Schools dance competition.

Primary Schools taking part were: St John’s, St Mary’s (Ham), Our Lady and St Anne’s, Woodside, Woodhead, Chatelherault, Townhill, Dalserf, Machanhill, Netherburn, David Livingstone, Newfield, St Elizabeth’s, Bothwell, St John the Baptist.