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A troupe of dancers from The Abbey School have performed at Disneyland Paris and come back with a haul of awards.
The super troupe of 29 dancers, aged from 13 to 18 years, competed in the prestigious Equity and Ultimate Dance Championships 2015, which took place in the French capital from Thursday, February 19, to Sunday, February 22.
A series of stellar performances in front of top industry judges, which involved competing in a Disney performance showcase and taking part in a pre-parade along Main Street USA, saw dancers from The Abbey School stand out.
They amassed 15 trophies, which included four judges’ choice awards. Freya Webb age 15 years old, in Year 10 sang ‘Fools’ as a solo and ‘Riptide’ as a duet and was voted as the best singer in the competition. The school’s Can-can routine was also judged to be the most entertaining in the contest.
A colourful cast of characters assembled at The Abbey School for World Book Day but in a twist to the tale it wasn’t pupils who dressed up – but their teachers.
There was lots of excitement as pupils sought out their teachers to see what they had dressed up as and then they had to guess the character from the book. A whole range of creative costumes were on show and some had been handmade by staff members themselves.
One of the school corridors was transformed into a yellow brick road and it made the Wizard of Oz, played by the KS4 Pastoral team feel at home.
Other classic characters were Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Danielle Bainborough and Dr Roly Speller who re-enacted the rivalry from the tale. The cast of Scooby Doo joined in the fun, as well as the Worst Witch, Disney characters Pocahontas, Esmeralda and Elsa, together with Hermione Granger and the Gruffalo.
Teacher Helen Page who made her own costume and dressed as The Gruffalo said: "It was wonderful to see the pupils’ reactions to the staff dressing up. They were totally engaged in the day and got involved with the book day activities throughout the day.”
She added: “Staff and pupils at The Abbey School all enjoyed World Book Day and it was a fantastic way to celebrate everyone's love of reading.”
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