Dance evening at AVC

More than 200 children took part in the recent Avon Valley College, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, dance evening.

This year’s theme was the evolution of man.

Running up to the sold out event thirty nine Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 pupils  from AVC took part in workshops run by dance teachers, Clare Jones and Zoe Humphries, from Swindon.

Collette Harries, a teacher from AVC, also ran dance workshops at local primary schools. The pupils then rehearsed their dances up to the event. 

“In total we had 13 primary school dances with over 200 children taking part, as well as three dances by students from AVC and a staff dance, “ said Collette Harries. 

The event was a team effort with AVC students helping with the lights and sound. The Art Department and sixth form students produced the back drops. Disco Don helped with the sound and provided extra lighting. Some of the costumes were made by Pauline Owen from Durrington and Sally Rose form Rosie Cheeks provided the face painting for two of the dances.

“For some pupils this is the first time they have performed in front of an audience on a stage and under the show lights,” said Collette Harries.  “For others it’s their fourth year of performing. This event helps build pupils confidence and self -esteem which helps them in other areas of their life.”