Olympic theme to Norwich dance show

Olympic inspiration took centre stage as youngsters showcased their dance skills.

More than 300 Norwich children took part in the Norwich School Sport Partnership's dance show Get Set for 2012.

Held at the Open youth venue in Bank Plain, Thursday's event was the culmination of months of hard work by the young people and staff from 14 different schools.

All of the routines had an Olympic and Paralympic theme.

Jon Osborne, development manager of the Norwich School Sport Partnership (SSP), said: 'This is our biggest show ever and with months to go until the Olympic Games, it's great to see how schools have used the Olympics and dance to explore other aspects of learning.

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'A lot of the kids have been inspired to take part in the show, many of whom have never danced before and wouldn't have done so if their school wasn't taking part in the show. Some of the schools have really gone to town with their routines and the costumes, which is amazing to see.'

Schools have worked on the project over the last couple of months with Norwich SSP's dance coordinator Emily Harper.

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The schools were Hethersett High, Tuckswood Primary, City Academy Norwich, Mulbarton Junior, Hethersett Woodside Infant, City of Norwich School, Little Melton Primary, Bignold Primary, Bluebell Primary, Lakenham Primary, Henderson Green Primary, the Hewett, Cringleford Primary and Eaton Primary. There were two performances on the day, one at 4pm and another at 7pm, starring youngsters aged from five to 16.

Nikki Coxhead, PE teacher at Eaton Primary, said: 'This was our third year and I always do it with the year sixes as a leaving gift.

'It boosts their confidence before they move onto high school and it really inspires them. The Olympic theme has been great. We have tried to put energy into our dance as well as reminding ourselves we are celebrating London 2012.'

The Norwich SSP has been organising its dance shows for the past five years. Yesterday's event was the second of two organised by the partnership this year. The first was held in February.

Are you holding an Olympic event? Call Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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