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Gateshead schools to put on a real show

Posted on Thursday 30 March 2017

More than 2,400 Gateshead children are to perform at one of the country’s premiere music venues next week, showcasing their skills in dance.

The Gateshead Schools Dance Festival 2017, taking place on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 April, will involve 97 performances from children and young people from the borough’s infant, junior, primary, secondary, special schools and community groups performing in front of a packed auditorium at Sage Gateshead.

The theme for the event is Back to the 80s, with the young people pulling on leg warmers, baggy trousers, ra-ra skirts and deely bobbers to perform a host of 80s classics from Bros, Wham and Madonna. Ghoulish hits Thriller and Ghostbusters will also be performed.   

The festival is organised by Gateshead Schools Sports Partnership which aims to build an active and healthy future for all young people through the provision of high quality PE, school sport and physical activity. The dance festival began in the early 1990s with just 12 schools taking part.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Gateshead Council said: “Dance is a very physical activity, and this spectacular annual event gives our children and young people the opportunity to use their imagination by choreographing their own routines, improve their health by keeping their heart rates up, boost their confidence and performance skills, and most of all have fun.

“I hope they take with them some very special memories of performing on such a famous stage. Good luck and well done to everyone taking part.”