19 July 2011
Young dancers from across the UK were treated to a taste of stardom at this year’s British Red Cross Dance for Life national final at the O2 centre in London.
Twelve groups competed in the Red Cross dance competition on Sunday 17 July at the IndigO2 venue, with both the junior and senior prizes going to groups from Buckinghamshire. Young people of all abilities could enter by creating a dance based on the Red Cross’ work alongside fundraising for the charity.
An amazing experience
Heatherton House School in Amersham won the junior award with a dance about the plight of children forced to go to war. Teacher Helen Lawrence said: "We are so delighted to have won. The girls have loved being part of this amazing experience and have learned so much about the Red Cross while raising £1,000 for the charity. It’s been such a great opportunity for them to have fun with the performance and benefit others at the same time."
The senior award went to Sir William Ramsay School in High Wycombe who triumphed with a piece about the Red Cross during the Second World War. Inspired by a newspaper article from 1941 and stories and photographs from the Red Cross website, the group used different music and dance styles to explore the courage shown by ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They were praised for their great costumes and excellent dancing skills.
More than £100,000 raised
The two Buckinghamshire groups won through to the final after first-round heats in April, and triumphed against participants from Thames Valley, Bedfordshire and Gloucestershire at their area finals in Oxfordshire on 2 and 3 July.
Ollie Morgan, Dance for Life project manager, said: "Huge congratulations to both schools on their win. I have been so impressed by the hard work and creativity our young participants have shown, and the fundraising has been superb – this year Dance for Life is on track to raise over £100,000."
Next year, the competition will be called Dance: Make Your Move and registration opens online in October 2011.