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Dance at Helme School

KS2 Dance Off - 11 December 2015

On Friday 11th December 2015, all children from Classes 3, 4 and 5 gathered in the hall to take part in the ‘Dance Off’. Dance had been our PE focus for the half term and our SSOC crew had come up with the magnificent idea of organising a competition to celebrate our learning.

The children worked independently during break and lunchtimes (and even at home with help from older siblings!) on routines with friends from any KS2 class. They also chose their own music to perform to.

To introduce the competition element, the SSOC crew decided that judges would be needed. Fortunately, Martha Dunn (an ex-Helme pupil and dance superstar) was thrilled to be asked to judge and Honley High gave her permission to spend the whole afternoon with us. We are also very lucky to have a dancer on the staff team at Helme and Mrs Rekis was happy to accept the position of judge too.

The afternoon started with a mass ‘Do the Strictly’ routine! Each class had learnt the dance with Mme Brian and it was great to see the children dance with partners from any class as a whole Key Stage (see the videos on the Twitter feed).

Then, every child performed their dance in front of the rest of the children and the judges. We watched group dances, pairs and even a brave individual dance. The music ranged from Black Magic to Santa Claus is coming to Town and most dance styles were covered, from street dance to modern and from robotics to Latin.

Mme Brian was (as usual!) spotted with tears in her eyes as two boys performed a very moving routine to Demons by Imagine Dragons. Another child’s feedback of ‘that made me feel fuzzy inside’ was very fitting.

After each performance, members of the audience were invited to give feedback and we waited with baited breath while the judges gave their comments and scores. Comments ranged from “Great footwork” to “lots of upper-body wiggles!”

The final dance of the afternoon was a mass Cha cha cha (again, see the videos on our Twitter feed).

Everyone was a winner in Mme Brian’s eyes, but the judges had awarded some very high scores and certificates were awarded to those groups and pairs.

Strictly Pennine 2015

2015 Strictly Pennine words to be added

Strictly Pennine 2014

We were all proud of Class 3’s performance at Strictly Pennine at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on 25 February 2015.  They danced a jive to ‘Shake it off’ by Taylor Swift.  The theme of the dance was ballet dancers vs street dancers who came together to jive!  Well done all of Class 3 plus Robyn from Class 2 who stepped in at the last minute to even up the numbers.  Many thanks to Mrs Brian for choreographing and working with the children and also to all the Class 3 Support Staff who supported on the night backstage. 


We would like to thank the Bernadette Heys School of Dance, Marsden, for the hire of the ballet outfits.  We would also like to thank the Pennine Sports Partnership for giving the children this annual opportunity.  The children make treasured memories.

Strictly Pennine 2013

Strictly Pennine 2012

Class 3 made the Helme community very proud when they danced the cha cha cha at the Strictly Pennine event at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on 27 February 2013.