Successful dance show could be one of Norwich schools partnership’s last

Twelve different schools linked up to hold a dance show and highlight the talents of their pupils on the stage - but it could be one of the last such events due to funding cuts.

The show was held at the Open youth venue on Bank Plain titled 'At The Movies' and saw 300 young people aged 5-19 perform to songs from a variety of movies including Rocky, The Jungle Book, Bugsy Malone, Thriller and The Little Mermaid.

Organised by the Norwich School Sport Partnership (NSSP), the show was the culmination of months of hard work by pupils and staff from the schools, providing the opportunity to perform on a big stage with professional sound and lighting.

But government funding cuts will see all of NSSP's funding cut from the end of August.

Jon Osborne, partnership development manager of NSSP said: 'This year's dance show was the best ever. The event has really grown over the last few years and the quality of performance this year was really high.


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'It was great that we had a sell-out crowd of parents, family members and friends to see the results of the young people's hard work.

'The aim of the NSSP is to work with schools to provide young people with a range of opportunities to be physically active whilst participating in sporting activities that they enjoy.

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'The NSSP hopes that by giving young people the opportunity to experience dance within their school that they will be inspired to continue to dance and stay active in the future.'

The participating schools were Hethersett Woodside Infant, Bluebell Primary, Cavell Primary, Cringleford Primary, Eaton Primary, Mulbarton Junior, Avenue Junior, St Thomas More Junior, City Academy Norwich, The Hewett School, Hethersett High and the City of Norwich School.

NSSP's dance coordinator Lisa McGreevy said: 'It was an absolutely brilliant night. The children were so professional and everything pretty much went perfectly, there were no hiccups, and the show really came to life on the stage.'

Mr Osborne added: 'We believe so much in the work that we do that we have been working with schools to put together a proposal where our member schools fund the events that they value the most.

'The response so far has been extremely positive and we are hopeful that we will be able to continue to offer opportunities for young people in the future.'

For more about the Norwich School Sport Partnership visit www.norwichssp.co.uk

Are you organising a big event in Norwich? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk.

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