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Last Tuesday, Benfield School were lucky enough to host the Newcastle KS3 and KS4 Dance Festival which was organised by the Newcastle PE and School Sport Service team. The event welcomed six schools from across the local area to take part in a dance festival that showcased their hardwork and effort.

Schools that attended the event were Benfield School, Walbottle Academy, Gosforth Middle School, Kenton School, Jesmond Park Academy and Studio West with a range of year groups from Years 7 to 10. 

Each group had clearly been hard at work to perfect their pieces with some pupils even choreographing their own routines. You can read more about each performance below. 

Benfield School – 24k Magic

This routine was performed by students from Years 7, 8 and 9. Emily W, Vanessa W, Sophie T, Charlotte T, Hadassah K, and Unity W had all worked exceptionally hard in order to perfect this routine. 

Benfield School – Finesse

Year 9 pupils Emily W, Vanessa W, and Sophie T performed a trio that they had worked hard to create. 

Benfield School – Boss Ladies

Students from across Years 7, 8 and 9 have demonstrated their skill and perseverance to learn this complicated dance. 

Gosforth East Middle – Gosforth East Cheerleaders 

These girls from Year 7 had been working hard every Wednesday morning on their cheerleading pom pom routine and couldn’t wait to show it off.

Jesmond Park Academy – The Art of Loneliness

A performance inspired by the GCSE text ‘Shadows’. The group wanted to include the use of tables and chairs like the original work. The group has been hard at work to create this piece in a short time period. 

Kenton School – Radio 

Year 7 students Olivia L and Macey M from Kenton performed their own dance which they had choreographed by themselves showing their hardwork and dedication. 

Studio West

Studio West are a group of Year 7 girls who had been hard at work to come up with and choreograph their own dance routine. It was amazing to see their hard work pay off! 

Walbottle Academy – Train Wreck

This group was made up of Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 pupils who have been attending their dance club every Monday and who even had a hand in choreographing their own routine!

Walbottle Academy – Cry Me a River

Nieve D from Walbottle Academy performed a solo piece which was great to see. Nieve has been dancing since the age of 3 and has won a variety of competitions. It was great to see her hardwork and dedication. 

In addition to all of the talented performers taking part in the festival, we also had technical support from four Year 10 pupils at Benfield who supported with sound and lighting so we’d also like to say a huge thank you to them for helping out! 

The festival was a great day and we were thrilled to welcome so many talented young people into Benfield School to showcase some up-and-coming talent. We’re already looking forward to next year’s festival!