Students as young as four years old took to the stage in LVS Ascot’s professional theatre on Tuesday 12th November to demonstrate the confidence and creativity they have gained at the school. An audience of around 200 people were entertained by dance performances from Reception Class children right up to Year 13 pupils at the independent all-ability school, as they took up the Principal’s Dance Challenge.

One of those in the audience watching her daughter perform, Gina Timm, said: “One of the things we love about the school is that it gives children the chance to try different things and during that process they have the chance to find something they are really passionate about. Tonight is one of those moments, where kids who might never have thought that they want to be dancers are given a chance to try, and you never know where that might lead”.

36 performances captivated the audience, starting with 4 and 5-year-olds in Reception Class excited to win the Year 0 – 4 Best Group award, followed by Freya whose ballet dance won her the Year 0 – 4 Best Solo category. Other pupils at the LVS Ascot Infant & Junior School then took the opportunity to try performing in front of a large crowd on stage, demonstrating their risk-taking and resilience which they learn about in lessons as part of their Infant & Junior School Diploma. After an interval the older students were given a chance to shine, with senior school and sixth formers showing off their skills.

Year 13 students Olly and Emilie performed a collaborative dance together which won them the Year 9 – 13 Choreography award. Olly said: “Before I started doing performing arts I was quite nervous. Since I have been doing it, it has helped me in my social life, just being more confident and being happy with who I am”.

Drama teacher Miss Clark said: “I’ve seen the students every lunchtime in the drama studio practicing, collaborating and working hard, which has to help them in their other subjects, especially those where they come together in groups. It gives them the confidence to excel not just on stage but in other areas of school life as well”.

You can watch and embed a short highlights film from the LVS Ascot Principal’s Challenge, including parent and student reaction, herehttp://bit.ly/PrincipalsChallengeFilm