Project venue: Yoxall St. Peter’s CE Primary School
Website link: www.st-peters-yoxall.staffs.sch.uk/events/bhangraworkshops
Contact at school: Emma O’connell
Project outline: Deliver a 12 week project looking at Bhangra dance with a view to enable students and parent to engage in a wider range of Arts activities. Classes with run as part of curricular and extra curricular time and will involve both children and parents from this school along with invited guests from neighbouring schools.
The aim is to promote a healthy life style while sharing in a multi-cultural learning experience
I started off this project with an assembly looking at the origins of Bhangra dancing, using props and musical instruments to demonstrate the historical timeline of Bhangra dancing. We also watched a DVD of Nachda Sansaar’s prize-winning performance at The International Bhangra Competition, Chicago. The assembly was well received and the student’s enthusiasm for learning shone through.
The first Bhangra dance session was with year 5/6, we learned a few celebration movements and put them together to produce a short routine. The children were very receptive and learned the movements very quickly, their listening and learning abilities are excellent and I’m sure the rest of the school will be the same – A credit to the staff and parents at the school.
There was a good turnout for the after school club, and I’m sure there will be more children and parents getting involved over the coming week. Once again we looked at celebration movements and how we are going to develop their learning skills over the coming weeks. Mrs Pyatt (the head teacher) was present at the after school club and I think that was a great inspiration for the little children and the big children (the parents;-D).
The day was a great success, it was a very cold winters day but I think we managed to bring some Indian warmth to Yoxall with our Bhangra dancing. I’m looking forward to the next 11 weeks. We will end the term with a performance piece of Bhangra dancing and maybe a little surprise for the audience…