Primary dance project at Academy

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PRIOR to the end of the spring term, four Arbroath Academy cluster primaries took part in a dance project for primaries one, two and three pupils and their teachers.

Thanks to a 2014 Communities grant, nearly around 45 hours of dance sessions took place at the school, led by Angus Council instructor Kim Brymer.

The grant also allowed schools to purchase a new music system with ipod connection, plus a CD ROM resource pack from the Youth Dance Trust (Y-Dance 321GO). This resource in being held by the depute or head teacher.

During the sessions (organised for Hayshead, Inverkeilor, St Thomas and Warddykes Primaries), Kim showcased a variety of techniques and ideas, including reference to 321GO. The aim of the project was to add confidence to a range of people to lead dance and to provide excellent resources in each school to continue a variety of dance activities in the long term.

Active Schools Coordinator, David McLeish said: “There are lots of opportunities in the community for young people to dance, while there is a growing number of volunteer-led clubs running in our schools.

“However we would never have been able to do this to the extent we have without the grant.

“The resources are there to be used and I hope that there is now more confidence to lead dance sessions in school as part of daily physical activity and out of class time as an extra-curricular activity. This is an ideal activity for younger primary school-aged pupils and teachers.”