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Dance Live

Dance Live Regional Champions 2023! 

Pupils at the primary site were celebrating after beating 106 schools to win first place in the Southern Regional Final of Dance Live at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 28th April. 

They secured a place in the final after winning the regional heat on 23rd February. 

The group travelled over to Portsmouth Guildhall, after months of preparation and perfecting of their dance routine. The entry ‘Save Our Rainforest’ was performed by 51 pupils, in front of an audience of over 300 people. 

Judges commented that they loved the different parts within the dance, from the office workers, woodman and the different animals to explain the story. They were impressed with the facial expressions of the children performing. All three judges laughed at the way the sloth tried to do the dance moves!

The school would like to thank all of the children for their hard work over the past 6 months and their parents and carers for their support. They are also grateful to local companies who kindly donated money to help them perform at the final: Wilkinsons Pies, ICR Touch, Howdens Newport, Amazon World and ICR Systems. 

Mrs Steph Dunford from The Bay CE School said,

When myself and our two Year 6 representatives, Sienna Pierce and Orlaith Burton, were on stage listening to the results, we could not believe we had won the final! It was very emotional and I couldn’t have been more proud of the children and team of staff who helped get us there. I would especially like to thank the local businesses that donated money to support us participating in the final as, without them, we may not have been able to attend.

Mrs Nina Lawrence, Head of School (Primary) said

The whole school community is so proud of our Dance Live team for their outstanding achievement in winning the Regional Final. They all put in so much hard work and dedication to produce their entry and the win was thoroughly deserved. 

The children, their families and the staff were all ecstatic when the judges announced The Bay as winners; a moment I am sure that we will all remember forever!

We would also like to thank the parents, carers and families, along with our staff team, for their support with costumes, fundraising and giving up their time for the children to attend weekend rehearsals.’


Dance Live – 2022

On Friday last week, 32 children from school went to the Portsmouth Guildhall to perform our entry of ‘Grace’s Inspiration’. The children were amazing! They performed in front of an audience of over 300 people with confidence and presence. It was a long day for everyone and their behaviour was excellent. The Team of staff and parents were extremely proud of them all.  There were a large number of parents who came and supported the children. It was great to have such a super turnout for them. The awards they received were for Most Creative Costumes and Most Creative Concept.

The Judges enjoyed the whole performance and felt that ‘Grace’, played by Lily Apps, told the story well within her performance.

As a team, we would like to thank all of the children for their hard work over the past 4 months and their parents for their support. A special thanks to the team of staff in making this event happen. Well done everyone and bring on next year!