Over 350 pupils, from 17 Horsham District schools, took part in the Horsham District Schools Dance Festival 2019 across two nights this week at The Capitol in Horsham.
The dance festival had returned to Horsham due to funding from the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 and, with two sell out nights, it was a sure fire success.
Hundreds of hours of rehearsals and preparation came to fruition on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March, with performances from children aged four and upwards.
The dances followed themes such as ‘Follow the Swallow’ by Shipley CE Primary School, inspired by the book of the same name by Year of Culture patron Julia Donaldson CBE, and a striking performance by Collyer’s students inspired by the Carfax in Horsham.
Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, said: “It really is a joy to watch your children performing in events such as these and I am delighted that this show has returned to its home in Horsham.
“For so many young people to take the time to rehearse and perform such an impressive array of dances is truly inspiring.
“The work which has gone in from teachers and students is really something be admired and treasured. Well done all on your involvement.”
Paula Kitchener, who organises the event voluntarily, said: “‘It was so wonderful being able to come back to Horsham from Crawley as it’s a Horsham District schools event.
“All of the children taking part did incredibly well, they did us all very proud.”
Schools involved in the event were – Arunside School, Billingshurst Primary School, College of Richard Collyer, Greenway Academy, Kingslea Primary School, Leechpool Primary School, Northolmes School, Queen Elizabeth II School, Rusper Primary School, Shelley Primary School, Shipley C of E Primary School, St Mary’s C of E School, St Robert Southwell Catholic Primary School, Southwater Junior Academy, Tanbridge House School, Warnham C of E Primary School and Wisborough Green Primary School.