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Dagenham schoolchildren treated to ballet performance

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:45 30 September 2015

Pupils pose with Royal School of Ballet students

Pupils pose with Royal School of Ballet students

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The joy of ballet was brought to children and parents alike as pirouetting professionals danced at a school.

Krystol Floyd, seven, from John Perry School and Gabriel Anderson, 18, from the Royal School of BalletKrystol Floyd, seven, from John Perry School and Gabriel Anderson, 18, from the Royal School of Ballet

Hundreds of pupils attended the Royal Ballet School show at Dagenham Park Church of England School, in School Road, on Friday afternoon.

And performers finished by guiding pupils as they enjoyed a jig on stage themselves.

“It was amazing – a really wonderful event as always,” Caroline Watkins, subject leader for dance at Dagenham Park, said.

“We have built up a real family feel with our ballet events and it’s had a wider impact on the community.”

Grace Pauley, 18, and Liberty Grace-Fergus and Clara Bardwell, both 10, from the Royal School of BalletGrace Pauley, 18, and Liberty Grace-Fergus and Clara Bardwell, both 10, from the Royal School of Ballet

The show was part of the primarySTEPS programme, which will see Year 3 pupils from five schools – Beam, Godwin, John Perry and Marsh Green primaries and William Ford Junior School – given six weeks of dance tuition.

The best pupils will then be invited to attend weekly ballet classes for up to four years.


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